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POSTNATAL SPORT: HOW TO GET YOUR FITNESS BACK

Once baby arrives, your day-to-day life is turned upside down, to say the very least! To get your fitness back and find some balance, I prescribe doing sport...

 

Postnatal sport: how can you get your fitness back?

You've got to admit it, giving birth is no walk in the park. And in the weeks after your baby's birth, your hormones and daily routine are a bit of a shambles. Finding your feet and getting used to a new routine will take time. But I'm sure you'll be able to cope with it all while still managing to find a few hours each week for doing sport!

 

BYE BYE BABY BLUES!

In the weeks and months after the birth, it's important to find time for yourself. Even though your baby has become your main priority, try to find a little bit of me time. “Dedicating some time to yourself can help relieve the pressure, remove some of the mental fatigue and even avoid the baby blues”, says osteopath Caroline Bonnière. This is the perfect time to get back into doing physical activity. Doing sport releases endorphins and maintains a balance throughout this period of change”.

 

Postnatal sport: how can you get your fitness back?

BREATHING AND MUSCLE TONE

To find your form again after giving birth, I recommend focusing on pelvic floor exercises (and, ideally, hypopressive* abs exercises), which will help you get back into sport safely. “Of course, you have to start with gentle exercises and gradually increase the intensity”, says Anthony Gallet. Start slowly and do activities that will let you improve your breathing, tone your muscles - fitness walking, swimming, scootering and cycling - and boost your flexibility - aqua aerobics and stretching activities .

 

A GRADUAL RECOVERY 

Planning ahead is key: if you don't always have someone who can babysit, get yourself an all-terrain pushchair that's easy to handle. “After a few weeks of walking, I started running with the pram”, says Caroline Bonnière, talking about her own experience. Of course, you'll find the right timing for getting back into activities that you couldn't do during pregnancy. Fitness walking will gradually become running, the gym, and cross-training. “Every woman is different and there are several criteria to take into account when calculating the recovery time,” explains Caroline. “Don't be too hard on yourself, and listen to your body”.

 

 

How about you? How did you get back into sport after giving birth?

*What are hypopressive abs exercises? These are exercises based on breathing that work your core while protecting your pelvic floor and internal organs. The results are impressive.

 

Postnatal sport: how can you get your fitness back?