As mums the last thing we usually think about is ourselves. Guess what? We’ve got it all wrong. If we’re going to be the best we can be, we need to put our health at the top of our agenda. It may seem a little selfish, but a happy mum usually translates to happy children. And what makes us happy? Exercise. We have three handy little workouts to share with you that will get the heart pumping, even if you only have a few precious minutes to spare.
Firstly, let me share with you a little mum wisdom. Look after your pelvic floor – no excuses. Take it from a me, after having two babies, things like jumping on a trampoline and the simple act of sneezing make me very nervous. It pays to take care of yourself, both inside and out.
Pilates for pelvic floor
The clever ladies at Poise have devised a really handy little post-pregnancy workout to ensure your pelvic floor strength is regained after birth. The workout has been created by expert Kimberley Garlick, and designed specifically for new mums who are keen to strengthen these all-important muscles. Take a look at the easy to follow Pilates exercises below, and you’ll be thanking me later. Just try and set aside a specific time each day to do these exercises – perhaps during morning nap time, or while baby is having a little tummy time next to you.
One of the difficult things about motherhood is often being housebound with napping children. Don’t let this be an excuse for not exercising. If you have a chair handy, grab it and give a couple of these quick reps a go.
Chair dips involve nothing more than a sturdy chair and a bit of balance. Slide your bottom of the edge of the chair, and while holding on bend your elbows to 90 degrees. Keep your back nice and close to the chair, and then push yourself back up. Some 10 to 12 of these reps should get you feeling the burn.
Standing hip extensions begin by standing with your feet hip-distance apart, and involve shifting your weight to your right foot and extended your left leg behind, lifting then lowering the left foot, while squeezing your bottom. The chair is used for balance, and about 12 to 15 of these is plenty, before switching.
Exercising with baby
If you have a baby that makes it really difficult for you to get even just a few minutes on your own, why not incorporate them into a little exercise? Place your baby on the ground, and hop onto your knees. Each time you lower yourself towards the ground for a push up, give your baby a kiss. What a great reward system. Try to do two sets of 12 to 15 reps.
Here’s one that babies will just love, and will give you a great leg workout. Lay on the floor with the soles of your feet flat, hip distance apart. Place your baby onto your hips in a seated position. Lift your hips off the ground, keeping your knees hip distance apart. Hold at the top for a few seconds and then lower down until you are just hovering over the ground and repeat. You can also try and work your pelvic muscles at the same time.
So there you have it, bookmark this page and refer to it often! We do recommend before you undertake any form of exercise you have a chat to your doctor.
(This post is sponsored by Poise)