Once you're able to work back up to your pre-pregnancy fitness level, you'll probably find that you'll need to increase the frequency, duration and/or intensity of your cardio sessions even more to continue to lose weight. For new moms who don't have a lot of extra time, intensity becomes a key factor. If you exercise at a more vigorous pace (ideally, a 7 or 8 on the perceived exertion scale—the point at which you can still carry on a conversation, but would prefer not to), you can burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than working out at a more moderate pace for a longer period.
With a new baby to care for, you may not have the time or ability to stick to your regular workout schedule. Staying in shape may now involve being a little more creative. For instance, you may have to break up your workouts, so instead of one long one, you do several mini-sessions during the day, like when baby's napping.
And I'd recommend taking advantage of whatever resources you have at home. Instead of trekking to the gym to take an aerobics or spin class, simply pop in a fitness DVD. Or, rather than going for your regular run, put the baby in the stroller and take a brisk walk. Look into baby joggers too! I like BOB strollers. (I have no connections with the company; the fact that we share the same name is purely coincidental!)
Even if you do take off most or all of the weight, it's possible you won't be able to reclaim your original figure or get back down to your exact pre-pregnancy size. Remember, it's not just about fitting into a certain dress size, but living a healthy life—and, of course, taking the time to enjoy your new little bundle of joy.
For more great fitness advice, check out TheBestLife.com.
Do you have any tips for getting exercise while caring for newborn babies? Share your best advice in the comments section.
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