When you have a baby, the sleepless nights and lack of energy can make it difficult to find the motivation to workout. However, during this time, it is more important than ever to look after your body and working out at home is an easy way to start improving your health and fitness, as well as being a great way to boost your overall well being. Read on for some simple tips for working out at home as a new mum.
Find your motivation
Losing weight doesn’t have to be the reason why you want to work out. Working up a sweat is great for your heart’s health as well as your mental health. Exercising releases endorphins that boost your immune system, leave you feeling less stressed, and can help improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Whatever your motivation is for working out, keep that thought in mind so that you always feel inspired to keep on track with your workout goals.
If the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we can still be social, even when we are locked down in our own homes.
Set up a Zoom call with your mum friends and work out together in your living room to encourage and motivate each other. Join an online class that you can do in your living room while the baby sleeps. Working out at home no longer needs to be a solo activity which is another bonus for your mental health and motivation!
Make recovery training part of your workout routine
Working out at home isn’t just about the physical training. Make sure you let your muscles fully recuperate by making recovery training part of your workout routine. Using a massage gun on your muscles is a great way to get blood flowing and it reduces the likelihood of next day soreness. The last thing you want is to struggle to pick up your baby the next day thanks to DOMS!
Choose the right recovery foods
After your workout sesh, be sure to choose the right foods in order to help your body recover. Choosing a meal that is high in protein will help your muscles recover and leave you feeling great too.
Try smashed avocado and poached egg on toast, grilled chicken salad, or why not try whipping up some yummy protein balls (which you can also share with your baby if you are at the weaning stage!) as a quick snack? Your body will truly thank you for it.
Whether you want to lose weight, boost your mental health, or simply build your fitness back up after your pregnancy, working out at home is an easy way to leave you feeling great. With the right fitness equipment, mindset, and food in the fridge, you will smash those fitness goals in no time!