Friday, September 9, 2011

How to begin post-pregancy weight loss?

Not only do I teach children's classes at Bubbles Academy, but I am also the instructor of the Stroller Fitness program for moms! I've been teaching athletic programs since 1992 - and one question that I get a lot from new moms is:

"Where do I begin, to get my pre-baby stomach back?"

Let's face it, your tummy has really been put through the ringer. For this reason it is so important to take your time and be realistic when it comes to shedding pregnancy pounds. A realistic weight-loss goal is one pound per week, or even less if you are breastfeeding. Unfortunately, having a baby is not very conducive to a three meal plan, so mini-meals with protein, a little bit of nutritious fat and carbohydrates is the way to go. Be sure to drink plenty of water as well!

When it comes to exercising, crunches will help, but simply taking care of your core throughout the day by sitting and standing up straight and strong, and tightening up your tummy muscles will do wonders. Most importantly, no one will see those toned stomach muscles unless you burn the fat over them, so be sure to get in some cardiovascular exercises like walking with your baby in their stroller.

Remember... give yourself and your body a break! Focus on being healthy and the weight will come off when it is ready.

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