New mums boost body confidence in three simple steps!
You may not be able to fit into those size eight jeans, just yet at least, you may feel tired from yet another night’s interrupted sleep, and your social calendar may comprise of a quick natter to other mums down the park rather than glamming it up down town on a Friday night!
Although just because you are now a mum it doesn’t mean to say you have to lose the enthusiasm, confidence and self-esteem you possessed in your pre-pregnancy days! If you are feeling like you need a bit of a body boost since you became a mum, then read on as we explore three body boosting exercises for new mums!
Say adios to flabby arms
Flabby arms can be a leading attribute to making new mums feel a little down in the dumps about the post-baby physique. The upside of the flabby arm coin is that there is nothing quite so confidence boosting as when you finally defeat the curse of the post-baby flabby arms.
Dumbbells, or an equivalent such as a tin of baked beans, can be the key to achieving toned and slender arms. Aim to do some light dumbbell training two or three times a week. One effective dumbbell exercise is to lie on your back with your knees bent.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing each other and extend your arms straight up in the air. Maintain the position for several seconds before returning the arms to the start position. Repeat 15 times.
Lose tummy flab
With your midriff being stretched to accommodate your growing baby it is hardly surprising that your tummy isn’t quite as ‘defined’ as it once was. To get rid of the post-baby tummy flab, sit ups are arguably the most effective exercise.
Be sure to perform the sit ups in a controlled and relaxed way, focusing on breathing and using your abs to pull yourself up. Practise sets up sit ups every day to maximise results.
Tone the whole body
Now let’s face it, we could concentrate on working specific areas until the cows come home but there is nothing quite as effective in losing weight and boosting body confidence than an all over body workout.
Complete body workouts can be achieved in many ways – dancing for example can be a great way to exercise and boost body confidence and means that you don’t have to find a babysitter.
Likewise, so can walking. Simply snuggle your baby in his pram, get the hiking boots on an embrace a daily three-mile walk!