By Sucheta Pal
Ambassador and Educator of Zumba® Fitness
Young mothers are observed to be quite excited to shed off the extra ounces that they have gained during pregnancy. However, it is important to note that you should not be in any hurry to lose those extra inches as your hormones play a vital role in the process.
Young mothers need to be patient and continue doing easy workout sessions as this will lead them to healthy and happy way to lose gained weight. Before, you enrol in any of these sessions it is important to seek approval of your doctor especially if you have gone through a C-section.
Every woman has her own strength and potential to workout. Besides, the effect of delivery and post pregnancy on each woman is different and hence they must seek assistance from qualified instructor before they start any form of workout.
Discussed below are few exercises which women can include in their routine based on the suggestions from their doctor and instructor-
· 20-Minute Walk
Walking is the best form of exercise as it helps you to clear your mind. It saves you from over-thinking and stressing on issues which you have been unknowingly thinking about.
Simultaneously, walking ensures mobility which helps you to stretch hand and leg muscles. It is important to start slow and then gradually pick pace while walking. However, do not accelerate too fast. Going to a park for walks is recommended as you can to meet young moms like you and discuss parenting.
· Hamstring Curl
Lie down on the ground with hands out on the sides and face-up. Keep your knees bent with calves resting on top of a stability ball. The next step is to lift up your hips and squeeze your abs tight. Keep your knees bent and try to curl the ball in your direction. Try and keep your hips high up and push your legs back out. Do 2 sets of 10 squats and gradually you can increase the number of times you repeat the exercise.
Place your hands and toes on the floor. Make sure that your hands are faintly wider than your shoulder-width. The next step is to bend at the elbows to a level that your lower chest is about an inch above the ground.
Then straighten your arms and push away from the ground so that you return to your original position. Initially, you can do this exercise 4-5 times and gradually you can increase the number once you get comfortable.
Listening to music during your workouts is an effective way to work on your mind and body.
Remember, that you are recovering and hence it is not advisable to strain your body with high intensity workout. Regular exercises which offer you cardio strength and flexibility are enough for starters to bring your body back in shape.