With summer well underway, there’s more opportunity than ever before to get up and get out there. Pursuing health and fitness is important in any stage of life, but new moms have a special responsibility to make healthy choices that help them recover from childbirth and set them up for success in their new role.
Try some of the tips below to maximize your health!
Eat a balanced diet.
Food and fitness are equal partners when it comes to wellness. It’s so important to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet- that is to say, meals that have the right portions of healthy fats, lean proteins, whole grains, and essential vitamins and minerals.
Make sure to read the nutrition facts and serving sizes on the food in your pantry to make sure you’re preparing the right amount of food— and don’t forget to hydrate! Eating well is one of the best ways to keep you and your child healthy, especially if you breastfeed.
Enlist a friend.
It’s been proven that having a workout buddy helps keep you more accountable. You wouldn’t want to let a friend down! Having a friend join your workout is also an opportunity to try new things, and maybe even learn a thing or two.
A new mother can recruit her mommy friends as workout partners- sharing the experience of motherhood, with all that comes with it, means that they will identify more with you and your goals.
Establishing goals is a great way to keep motivated and feel excited and challenged. Keep in mind that while it’s good to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, make sure you’re sticking with a realistic goal- the last thing you need is to injure yourself when you’re already trying to recover.
A great example is signing up for a 5k. The warm weather is perfect for an outdoor jog, but starting out on a treadmill is perfect for beginners. You can try out a free running pace calculator for even more guidance on ideal running time, but completing the goal, no matter the time, is still an amazing accomplishment.
When starting a new exercise or diet regime, it’s always best to consult a licensed expert to develop a plan that takes into account your specific needs.