Could Weight Training Be The Key To Regaining Your Feminine Figure?
So, you've survived pregnancy, given birth to your little bundle of joy, had your postpartum check-up and your doc has cleared you for exercise. In a carefully-scheduled-around-
You take a look over at weights machines, but they are all being used by Arnie look-a-likes, and that is not the physique you were going for. It might be worth stopping to take another look though - after all it's hard enough for moms to find the time to work out, so you want to make the most of it.
But Won’t Weights Make Me Bulky?
If you’ve previously shied away from weightlifting because you were concerned they would cause you to bulk up or lose your feminine figure, then now is the time to stop fearing the weights and give them a try. Yes, if you spent 8 hours a day in the gym just lifting followed by 10 protein shakes, then you’d probably start to bulk up - but that’s highly unlikely to be on any new mom’s schedule! There are many ways you can incorporate weights into your workout, from small dumbbells that you can use at home to the various weight machines at the gym, and an infinite combination of weights, exercises and reps to play with.
More Reasons To Lift
Aside from the obvious benefits of weight loss, strength training has other positive side effects for moms: many women struggle with diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) after pregnancy, and often don’t realize that exercises like sit-ups and planks can put extra pressure on the area - making it worse rather than better. In turn, your lower back muscles often have to overcompensate, resulting in a permanent feeling of strain, especially with the daily lifting and carrying of a baby. A weighted upper-body workout can help those muscles to heal, without placing undue stress on the core tummy muscles. Another thing that many women struggle with postpartum is a weak pelvic floor - Kegel exercises are often prescribed to improve it, but weighted squats could help it to improve much more quickly - as well as helping to work your glutes for a shapely derrière.
Take It Easy
Remember that whatever path you choose to fitness, it’s important to check with your general practitioner before embarking on a new regimen. Take your time to get your technique right, and choose the weights, exercises and reps that are right for you - listen to your body, take it at you own pace, and you'll soon be feeling the benefits.