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8 Tips For Women To Lose Weight After Pregnancy

8 Tips For Women To Lose Weight After Pregnancy

I am a mum of two, and my kids are just 22 months apart. So I know the dilemma all new mothers go through couple of months after the delivery when they see that instead of losing weight, they are gaining more. That’s all right. You have time to lose weight. Around this time, (I would strongly advice) please do not take celebrity moms as your ideals, because they take EXTREME measures to lose down all those fats from their bodies, and more importantly, their photos are all photoshopped. So, as I was saying, you can take time, or, if you are in a hurry to get back to your good ol’ shape, then there are many exercises that will eventually slim you down.

Here is a first-hand experience of a mother who has successfully shed  her extra weight in 33 days. This is only to inspire you not to stay frustrated with those extra body mass, and do something about it. After my first pregnancy, it took me eight months before I started to shed some extra fat. Now, let me tell you one thing. You can not cut down on food, because for the first six months, your baby’s meals entirely depends on you. Yes, I am talking about breastfeeding. So, this brings me to my first two points:

1. Say no to “No Food”.

This means no dieting, please! If you are frustrated with your weight, then dieting is not your thing. It is mainly because your body needs proper nutrients to help you recover from the delivery stress, for feeding your baby, and also to fight against infections. So, all you need is a very well balanced diet plan. Go to your dietician, and ask them to make you a proper chart. You should eat every kind of nutritious food to ward off your hunger. Munch on healthy snacks. Frustration will lead to more weight. That’s the last thing you want to do now.

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2. Breastfeed to slim down.

Lots of women have successful stories on how breastfeeding has helped them to cut down on their weight. It is sort of true in the sense that when you breastfeed, 300-500 calories are burnt. It is a form of exercise both for the mother, and the baby. But do remember point number one from above. No dieting, no reduction of food intake. Because, you will get energy from whatever extra kilojoules you eat, and from your body’s existing fat stores. In this way, you are shedding extra fat from your body. For your convenient, here’s a diet for a breastfeeding mum.

Besides healthy eating, and breastfeeding, comes the physical part of the exercises. These exercises are simple, but effective. You would need to sweat your fats out. So here are some exercises that will shape you back to the old you.

3. Go walking.

This exercise is an old routine, which you can start right after your delivery. Begin slowly, but gain your pace once your body is pain-free, and relaxed. Start with small steps. Walk for fifteen to twenty minutes. Once you are comfortable, increase your time. Half an hour to one hour of rigorous walking is good enough for one day.

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4. Kegel up whenever, wherever.

Kegel is a classic exercise. The reason why this is important is because this will help you to tone your pelvic muscles. The best form of doing this is, sit on a bench. Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart. Put your hands on the hips. Now, contract your pelvis muscles, as if you are halting from urinating. Stand up. Now return to bench, and release. Do this 10 times per session, everyday. This is the actual way of doing kegel. But if you can’t exercise the proper way, then just do it while you squeeze in some time to watch television, or even during traveling while you are waiting in the signal.

5. Draw deep belly breath.

This specific exercise is specially dedicated to your abdominal, and stomach areas. Another beginner’s exercise, you can also start doing this couple of hours after your childbirth. Just sit straight, and breathe deeply. You have to inhale deep from the diaphragm. While doing this, contract, and hold your abs tightly. When you breathe out, stay relaxed. When you hold your breath, you can count the seconds. Start from 10 seconds, and gradually increase the time as you go. This can also be done whenever or wherever you are, and no one would even notice that you are exercising!

6. Work the floor bridges.

Floor bridges will target your hamstrings, and butt. What you have to do is lie down on the floor with your knees bent, and feet flat on the floor, arms by your sides. Contract your core muscles, and squeeze your butt to raise from the ground. Press your heels on the floor. Now, do the kegel exercise. Hold for 3-4 seconds, and slowly return to floor. Release the kegel exercise. You can repeat this 10 times at first, and can increase it to 20 times if you feel good.

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7. Do the kneeling pelvic tilt.

This exercise is good for your stomach, abdominal muscles, and can relief you from back pain. Get on all fours, with your toes touching the floor. Your arms should be exactly straight down from your shoulder line, palms connecting with the floor as well. Stay relaxed, and straight. Now, breathe in, and pull your butt forward, lean you pelvis, and move around your pubic bone upward. Stay like this for 3 seconds, and let go.

8. Exercise the crunch beat.

Another easy exercise that targets your abdominal muscles, and legs. Lie flat on a mat, bend your knees 90 degrees, and lift your legs. Make sure your calves are parallel to the ground. Put your hands behind your head, elbows out, and crunch up. Lift up your shoulders. Next step, extend your legs straight forward, cross your ankles, and stretch your hands overhead. Stay like this while you shift your legs over, and under each other for 8-10 times. Relax, and repeat.

These are some basic, easy exercises that can boost your energy in getting into your original shape pre-pregnancy. For your benefits, here are some bonus tips for you. Drink plenty of water, especially right before you breastfeed. Drinking water will aid you in keeping yourself hydrated, will clear your urine, and speed up your metabolism. Another important thing is to get enough sleep. I know that the first few months will be super hectic, but I would recommend you to catch up on sleep whenever possible. Sleeping can release stress hormones, which is another reason for gaining weight.

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Follow these simple life hacks and you will enjoy your post pregnancy periods. Don’t distress yourself on unnecessary thoughts, just appreciate your new role. This is a life changing experience, and a healthy you is what is required to experience it. Here is a first-hand

Featured photo credit: Nick Koch Weiler via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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