What’s up guys! It’s Kelly and today I am going to talk about some great exercises for postpartum mommas or just anyone really! I am in no way a personal trainer, these are just some exercises that helped me a lot and I wanted to share them with anyone struggling!
When I became pregnant I was in the best shape of my life. I started at 108 pounds, ended my pregnancy at 140, and now, 9 months postpartum, I am back down to 108 pounds! (I am only 5’2 and breastfeeding totally helped the process). I exercised throughout my pregnancy too. But, it is possible to do this. I understand that for some women it is a heck of a lot harder for them to lose weight and what not, but this is a judge free zone. Don’t even judge yourself! If you want it, get it girl! Exercising will make you feel so much better about yourself and you will over all feel so much healthier.
I like to alternate my days between cardio, legs, and abs. My week usually looks something like this:
Sunday - Cardio 30min - 1 hour
Monday - Legs/Arms
Tuesday - Cardio 30min - 1 hour/Abs
Wednesday - Legs/Arms
Thursday - Cardio 30min - 1 hour/Abs
Friday - Legs/Abs
Saturday - Rest or maybe some cardio ;)
* I try to keep my cardio limited because I do not want to lose weight! If you are looking to lose weight I would try doing cardio 4-5 days a week.
For me, my problem area is from my belly button to my hips/thighs and my booty! So here are some simple exercises that I love to do for those areas! (Again, I am not a personal trainer!)
Leg Raises: These are fantastic for the lower belly pooch! Lay flat on your back, arms at your side, and lift your legs as high as you can. Slowly bring them back down about an inch from the floor, and repeat! Burns so good! I usually do 5 reps of 10.
Seated Twist With Weight: Sit on your bottom, extend your legs about an inch from the ground, and taking a weight (I usually use between 5-10lbs), and while keeping your feet off the floor, twist from side to side as if your are turning around. I do 50 - 100 of these.
Squats: I do squats with a 15 pound kettlebell, (the bar hurts my back because I got into a car accident last year). Stand up straight, feet shoulder width apart, squat as far down as you can, and slowly go back up, squeezing your cheeks! Try to keep your back as straight as possible when doing this, it helps to look in the mirror! I usually do 4 reps of 15.
Reverse Lunges: Stand up straight with feet shoulder width apart, bring one leg back as if you are getting into a “proposing stance” and then come back up. I do 5 - 6 sets of 12.
I don't do much for my arms, just some pushups, bicep curls, and tricep dips. I don't want muscular arms! As for cardio, that is totally up to you and what you can handle. I personally hate doing cardio inside! I love going for runs through my neighborhood. Cardio is definitely a must if you are trying to lose weight and burn fat! Just remember to eat well and have portion control too!
I hope this helps some of you mommas struggling and trying to find some at home exercises! If you don’t have weights you can always use your baby ;)
Are you struggling with losing the baby weight? What are you trying to do to get rid of it? Do you have any tips for new moms out there looking for help? Share your information and stories in the comments section!