Are you an expectant or new mom who wants to get back in shape after baby? Below are 5 “get fit tips” that new moms can do to get back in shape – without starving themselves, spending a lot of money, or driving themselves crazy!

Get Fit Tips for New Moms

1. Acknowledge that your body has been through a major change.

As with anything worth doing, getting started on the way to post-pregnancy fitness involves acknowledging the fact that your body has changed in ways that are less appealing. This is perfectly fine, and it is something that every new mom (including celebrities) has had to go through. That being said, look your body over in the mirror and try to be as objective as possible about your appearance.

2. Make time to be active.

If you wait around until you have the time to start getting active, chances are you will never be. You need to make time whenever possible. Sure, it can be rather exhausting to take care of your baby, the house, and job all at the same time but getting fit will really make a difference in how you feel about yourself. Being active does not necessarily entail going to the gym—even short bursts of exercises can add up to a lot throughout the day. Do 20 lunges while waiting for the laundry to finish, or get onto a bike and take your baby for a pleasant ride during the cooler hours of the day.

3. Stop eating for two.

When you were pregnant, you probably indulged yourself with desserts and other sinful treats more often than you did before. If so, you have to start watching what you eat more carefully. Eating healthy does not always mean depriving yourself; it only means making better choices and knowing when to stop. For instance, have ice cream after dinner but watch your portions.

4. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Yes, easier said than done but this is important. For new moms, it is very easy to feel like you have to take charge of everything. Accept that with a new baby in the house, you simply won’t be able to clean the house as completely as you did before. Prioritize so that you cover all the basics and get enough rest. We are more likely to eat when stressed, which makes us feel crappy, and so we eat more. Stop the cycle.

5. Shop for a new wardrobe.

Yes, give yourself permission to shop! Why try to squeeze into your old jeans or wear maternity pants when no longer pregnant? Both will make your feel worse about yourself. Instead, buy a few key pieces of clothes that flatter and fit your new body. Go on, you deserve it!

About the Author

Chrystal is a writer for MattressNextDay, the top online retailer for beds, mattresses and other sleeping needs in the UK. As a mom to an active toddler, she credits daily playtime with losing a total of 30 pounds to date.

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