You are in a state of post-baby bliss. Or you’re supposed to be, at least. You’re probably exhausted, hungry and, let’s be honest, hankering for a drink. But how could you possibly go out with the ladies if you can’t fit in your favorite ladies’-night-out dress?
Finding the time and motivation to get back to the old you can be overwhelming. Many new mothers have a genuinely difficult time figuring out how to work out as a mom. They question whether or not they can even work out, don’t know what gym to go to or what home equipment to buy.
First off, according to Mayo Clinic, it is perfectly fine to work out after childbirth. They even say that the old stigma of waiting six weeks is no longer applicable if you had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery. Obviously, this is subjective to how you feel, but now there’s no saying the doctor said no!
There are so many options and resources at your disposal. Hello, Internet. Seriously, though, there are yoga classes for moms, boot camp classes if you like to be yelled at for motivation, and always the tried and true work-out-at-home method.
When you work out at home, there’s no pressure from the beautiful men (and women) in the gym or the class. It’s just you and yourself and, now, your baby. You have the option of weight exercises to start out, yoga and weight lifting. Basically, anything you can do in a gym, you can do at home.
Many things come into play when you’re deciding how to outfit a home gym. In reality, you don’t need much. Check out these mommy-and-me workouts for home from Parent magazine. You can even involve baby!
When you really get ready to step it up, a great option is to purchase a rowing machine. In-home rowing machines are growing in popularity due to their cardiovascular benefit, lower-impact style and all around great workout. Some of the best rowing machines aren’t necessarily that expensive. This way, you can spend one hour on the machine and have plenty of time to do everything else you need throughout the day.
If you’re looking to purchase, compare features and prices for rowing machines and find one that suits your needs. They come in compact sizes and ultra-professional models.
After a few months of re-dedicating yourself to, well, yourself, you are bound to be zipping up that little black dress again – even if it’s only once in a blue moon.