The thought of exercise after giving birth may seem quite daunting but if you feel ready, been cleared by your GP and you want to start breaking a sweat, making sure it’s safe and beneficial for your body is a must.
To help you get back into shape post-pregnancy, I would love to share these simple tips from MAMAWELL.
MAMAWELL was established by new mum Rosie to help build a community of mothers who want to get fit and strong for themselves and their babies.
Passionate about respecting the journey the body has gone through in childbirth, MAMAWELL encourages you to embrace your new body at every stage during pregnancy and beyond as well as helping you set long-term fitness goals that are achievable and enjoyable.
MAMAWELL’s signature group bootcamp for mums and babies in SW London is high-energy and uplifting, and new mums are invited to join this amazing post-natal workout community to regain their pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor work, joint mobilisation, and stabilisation will provide the base for higher intensity circuits that follow the core work, and it all takes place in SW15.
Rediscover your core: Transverse Abdominis breathing – Lying flat on your back with your knees bent, inhale deeply and on the exhale engage the deep core muscles that run round the entirety of your trunk. This breathing starts to re-engage the core, strengthening it from the inside – helping with posture and tone.
Go for the squeeze: Pelvic Floor exercises – again lying on your back with knees bent. The activation of the pelvic floor is very necessary postpartum, and you can start from a few weeks after birth. Just squeeze the pelvic floor area (as if you are trying to stop yourself urinating) and hold it for a slow count of 5 before releasing. This can be done little and often, and is really beneficial.
Find a class: If possible, find a dedicated postnatal class where you can bring your baby. You will meet like-minded mums in the same position as you who are ready to listen, support and give you extra energy. A specialist class will also allow time to focus on postnatal ‘issues’ such as pelvic floor, abdominal separation (diastasis recti), lower back pain, upper back rounding (kyphosis) plus cardio and strength work that is safe for the postnatal body.
For those looking to take their fitness even further, MAMAWELL also offers personal training for new mums at their home, workplace, or in the park. Rosie says, ‘For those who want extra help to achieve post-birth wellness goals and to handle those common aches and pains associated with having a new baby, personal training can be very beneficial.’
Rosie’s vision is to empower women to use their bodies to give them strength in their pregnancy and through childbirth, and thereafter to help them safely get fit again, and to have the confidence to feel great about themselves.
For the latest giveaway, I have teamed up with MAMAWELL who are offering 6 Group Bootcamp Class Passes with MAMAWELL to one lucky Fitness 4 mamas reader!
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