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For those of us who welcomed a new baby into our lives in 2009, losing the baby weight is likely top of mind when it comes to our 2010 resolutions. As part of our Hyack Your Health series to help New West folk keep our New Year’s resolutions, Caroline Neitzel from Thank You Mommy Wellness offers a few tips for new moms starting post-partum workouts.
Caroline is offering 10% off her mom & baby fitness classes for our readers – just mention the coupon code “10thfraser.” You may want to check out Caroline’s nutrition tips for new moms as well!
EXERCISE TIP #1: Peer pressure can be a good thing
Working out in a group setting often encourages a person to work harder during the workout, and it also keeps people accountable – do this whenever possible.
EXERCISE TIP #2: Listen to your body
Perform what exercises are safe for you, at this time in your life. It is recommended moms wait to exercise until after week 4 for a vaginal birth and week 6 for a c-section. What you CAN do during postpartum recovery is walk, walk, walk! After these time frames, you can engage in more vigorous exercise, as long as your care provider gives you the OK. Your body will let you know if you’re doing too much. Listen to your body.
EXERCISE TIP #3: Dress for success
Always wear comfortable clothing so you have lots of room for movement. This way you won’t be restricted in your flexibility and you will be able to get the most out of your workout.
EXERCISE TIP #4: Eat before you sweat
Eat a little snack such as an apple prior to working out. This gives you energy for the whole workout because it digests very very quickly. Stay away from heavier snacks such as nuts or crackers. Stick to fruit because it’s light and gets converted into sugars (used as energy for your workout) almost immediately.
Remember: The most important thing you can do for the development of your baby is love them. Love grows babies.
Thank You Mommy Wellness Center provides prenatal yoga and mom and baby/tot fitness classes in New Westminster and Coquitlam. These classes educate women on what exercises are safe and effective throughout the mom’s pregnancy, during her recovery period just after giving birth and for many years into motherhood, while focusing on establishing and growing an essential and loving bond between mom and baby.
Being a new mom herself and having been involved in the fitness industry for 14 years as a personal trainer, kinesiologist, yoga instructor and as a fitness fanatic, the owner brings a wealth of knowledge, personal experience and an intense passion to the services she provides. The owner’s passion for the industry keeps her classes fresh, innovative, fun and filled with enthusiasm!
To redeem a 10% discount, please mention coupon code: 10thfraser.
Call now to book your free introductory class!
Caroline Neitzel, Owner