Between diaper changes, feedings, walking the dog, doing the dishes, making dinner, and running after curious toddlers, moms feel like they hardly have enough time to breathe - let alone do exercises!
This is one of the biggest complaints I hear from mamas who are struggling to complete a home exercise program - "I just don't seem to be able to find the time!"
Life is busy - and especially when you have children who are dependent on you for care. I take the busy lives of moms into consideration when I prescribe exercises for my mamas. If you're struggling to create time and space to complete your exercises, here are some practical ways you can incorporate functional exercises and movement into your day. You don't need to go to the gym or have a lot of equipment - just a bit of creativity:
Hopefully these are some simple ways to incorporate a bit of exercise into your day post-partum. Remember, don't beat yourself up if you can't seem to get back to intensive exercise right away. Many moms, including elite level athletes, do not fully return to their pre-pregnancy routine for a whole year. The main thing is to simply start by doing something. Anything! As you continue, you will increase in intensity, duration, and hopefully, in enjoyment. Try to adopt an attitude where you look for opportunities to be active and keep moving in whatever way you can - and don't compare yourself to anybody (including your pre-baby self). As you get moving, your mind and body will thank you for it, and so will your family. A healthy you is part of you being the best you. You can do this, Mama!
When you're ready to return to more intense activity (higher impact sport and fitness), it's a good idea to book an appointment with The Mama's Physio to make sure your system will be able to tolerate the exercise intensity without setbacks or problems occurring.
Does anyone else have suggestions or ideas about how they incorporate exercise into daily life?
Stay beautiful, mamas.
The Mama's Physio
We are a team of experienced physiotherapists with a passion for women's health and well being. We focus on pelvic health in the context of the whole body. We care for pregnant and post-partum mamas and women at all life stages from teens to the young at heart. We are mothers ourselves and we are women. We love what we do and we are here to serve you.