How to Hit The Gym With Confidence Post-Birth
Going to the gym is scary enough in normal times. But if you’ve just had a baby, the prospect of hitting it can be even more terrifying. With the world opening back up, though, many more of us will be returning to the gym in the weeks and months that follow. And that means we’re going to somehow have to pluck up the courage to do it. But how? Let’s find out.
Find Exercises That You Love
The first steps back to the gym should be baby steps. Don’t start a random class you’ve never done before if you’ve been out of the game for more than a year. Instead, slip back into it gently, using exercises that you know and love. After a few weeks, your body will become stronger and more supple, allowing you to increase the challenge.
The point here is not to try to do everything at once. Take it a step at a time.
Commit To A Weekly Schedule
Don’t rely on willpower alone to get you to the gym. Instead, schedule your classes in advance and use everyone else as a form of accountability to ensure that you show up. Committing to a weekly schedule might be challenging - and it is. But it is also a great way to normalize your routine, making it a regular part of your life again.
Go Easy On Yourself
If you’re getting back to the gym after a long time, go easy on yourself. It’s not about achieving peak performance - it’s just about finding ways to keep your body healthy and happy so that you can be a great mom to your family.
Again, start with gentle exercises and take time to feel what’s right for your body. You’ll often find that a small amount of exercise provides the motivation to go harder and harder in subsequent sessions - not that you have to, of course.
Feeling sexy after pregnancy can feel challenging. But, fundamentally, nothing is stopping you from being the same person you were before you gave birth. Try wearing comfortable leggings paired with a well-fitting top and wear it proudly when you hit the gym. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else who might be there. Just focus on your own progress.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up If You Miss A Session
If you’ve just given birth, then the chances are that your life is very busy right now. You have diapers to change, mouths to feed, and errands to run. Some days, therefore, you’ll feel too tired or busy to go to the gym. If that happens, don’t beat yourself up. Just ease yourself back into it the next day or the one after that. Critically, don’t try to force it. If you do, your body and mind will rebel, and your gym sessions will come to a screeching halt.
Focus On Positivity
Lastly, be positive about your gym experience. Try not to see it as hard work but, instead, a tool you can use to progress in your health. It’s a friend, not a foe.