Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times in any parent’s life, but it can also be one of the most challenging – especially for your body. A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy and for many it is a long road to get back to where you want to be; but you can shorten that road by doing the right exercises that can work around your busy work and family life. Here are a few tips and class ideas for all new mums to take on.
One of the biggest tips we can give you is to steer clear of high impact classes – at least for now anyway. The key is to start re-strengthening your core before working on the rest of your body. It is important to do this as your abdominals are left weaker and more prone to soreness.
Legs, Bums & Tums
This class might sound like a good idea for new mums, but this type of class could put added strain on the body – which you definitely do not want. Legs, Bums & Tums classes can be beneficial to strengthening your abdominals and muscles, so just make sure that you chat to your instructor beforehand to see if the moves are suitable for you.
Our Legs, Bums & Tums sessions run at Andover Leisure Centre every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and The Rapids every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Kettlebells and Functional Training
Kettlebells are great for working the whole body. Using them post-pregnancy will help strengthen the muscles in your entire body, help you burn fat and make you feel good. Kettlebells are a great tool to be used as part of functional training (a classification of exercise that trains the whole body for activities performed in daily life). Daily life for new mums involves carrying, holding, lifting, feeding and more, so it is important to strengthen your muscles through functional exercises to carry out these new tasks.
Functional Training is available at both Andover Leisure Centre and The Rapids in the main gym, and Kettlebell specific classes are available at Andover Leisure Centre every Thursday.
Yoga can be a very beneficial way to ease aches and tensions that mums experience during the first few months of being a parent. Gentle yoga, when practiced, helps to strengthen and tone muscles, improves flexibility and strengthens your core (very important after having a baby…or two).
We have a great range of yoga classes at Andover Leisure Centre and The Rapids that vary in skill level. As we said with Legs, Bums & Tums, it is always important to check with the instructor to see if the class is suitable for you.
Not a new mum but a mum non the less? Read our article about our brand new boot camp sessions in association with This Girl Can!