Most mums would never miss getting a nap especially when her little one dozes off. Many will grab that chance and dream away in a snap. But of course, there are mums who’d rather stay up instead of curling up in bed and just to forget that it can only be a (disappointing) 10-minute rest (what a no-no, right?). So we at MummySG decided to give this to you, otherwise. Maybe, we can spice things up: Instead of napping every time your child is sleeping, why not find time to tone up and get fit to have the strength that you need for toting your little one. Right?
So, we searched for something that will be worthy of your time, and found this 10-minute workout which is simple and easy to follow. Toning up is something that you may tend to forget when you already had your child, but not anymore! This is what you can do with the little naps of your LOs. So, make sure you get into the groove before you move.
For postpartum - Talk to your doctor or midwife about your plans of starting with this work out. Most will recommend that you wait until six weeks after giving birth.
For those who had a c-section or a sensitive pregnancy/delivery –some doctors may recommend that you wait a little bit longer.
A warm-up is also a must before you start with this exercise, but; because the clock is ticking when your little one's sleeping, stretch and get your heart rate up by cleaning the house for at least 5minutes first.
Do you want to take the stress away and be energized? Do you want to regain the flexibility and strength you had before you gave birth? Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Instructor Jennifer Wolfe suggests that we try this routine.
The Workout: Feeling-Zen What you need: A flat surface What to do:
Start in a hands-and-knees position with your hands directly under your shoulders, and hands, knees and feet hip-width apart. Make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position (not tilted too far forward or arched back) and your chest and hips are at the same height. Then gradually lift up your knees until your torso is parallel to the floor. While you hold this position for as long as you can, pull your navel into your spine to engage the abdominal muscles. If you have a hard time holding this position on your toes, drop to your knees until you get stronger.
2. Downward Dog
From plank, shift back on your heels as you lift your hips up and press your chest toward your thighs, making an upside-down "very" with your body. Gently press your heels toward the ground and take five long, deep breaths.
3. Bring It Home
Continue to move in smooth alternating motions from plank pose to downward dog, back to plank and so on, until you’re ready to finish. At that point, hold plank for a couple of breaths, then gently drop your knees, sit back on your heels and stretch your upper body forward along the floor into a child's pose, and rest for a few moments.
So Mums, let’s all get up off our bums and start feeling and looking better about ourselves. Remember, we still have a long way to go when it comes to taking care of our little ones and it pays to get fit and healthy as early as now.