The struggle to get back into your workout routine after baby is real. No matter if you’re a first-time mom or learning to juggle your other little ones with a newborn, finding the time to squeeze in a workout can seem close to impossible. After all, you can barely carve out the time to shower! So where do you start? We tapped Lauren Kleban, creator of the celeb-loved dance-inspired fitness method LEKfit, for her suggestions on getting your fitness groove back.
Moms can be so hard on themselves, especially during postpartum. “Take it slow, be realistic, and don’t stress,” Kleban told Mini. Don’t get down on yourself because you aren’t able to jump right back into your pre-baby regimen. Ease yourself back into fitness by going for a walk or working out during nap times at home— you can even use Kleban’s LEKfit on Demand to workout anytime, anywhere.
Find the right trainer
When you’re given the all clear from your doctor to begin working out again, it is essential to honor the continued healing process and your post-baby body. “Be sure to workout with a trainer or an instructor who has had a baby or has a very clear understanding of the pre and postnatal body,” said Kleban. Consult with potential trainers to see what they would recommend for you as you get back into your workout routine, especially during the different stages of postpartum.
Don’t feel guilty
One of the hardest aspects of being a new mom is feeling guilty for taking a moment to yourself. Your littles ones do need you, but remember that self care is important too! “Make time for yourself and don’t let mom guilt creep in,” Kleban told Mini. “You can’t take care of your family if you don’t take care of you!”
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