I am blessed with two lovely children, which keep me very busy all by themselves. Yet, I have learned that it is important to take time out to care for yourself each day. Taking time for your own needs isn’t selfish and it will make you a better, more relaxed mom. Being a more relaxed mom will help you have more relaxed children. Most children sense and respond to your energy. This is true both at home and while travelling abroad.
I am a huge proponent of staying active throughout pregnancy, recovery, and beyond. Personal experience has taught me that the fastest road to recovery is to reshape the body. An effective combination for me is interval training, aerobic exercise, and strength training. It is also important to work out at different times of the day. Doing the same thing at the same time each day can make your body plateau. For me, Spin, strength training, and Barre class are some of the most effective methods to recovery. Also, be patient and kind to yourself. Full Recovery from pregnancy takes at least nine months to up to two years. If available to you, combining reshaping exercises with the amazing natural weight loss power of breast feeding will provide even faster results. More bonding time, too! Always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.
Who says we can’t create precious memories with our little ones while staying active? I love Mommy and Baby Yoga. This is a great way to bond with baby while stretching out those sore back and neck muscles. I have taken classes with both my daughters at Michelle Timek Yoga, http://www.michelletimekyoga.com . My three year old still loves doing yoga with me at home and abroad as well. Doing family friendly workout classes together is a great way to be a good example for your children. We always play together in the pool, ocean, or sea. Never ever miss an opportunity to dance with your little ones on the beach!
Consistency is key. A consistent, healthy routine will transform your body from month to month. This is especially true after having a baby because your body does want to bounce back to its pre-baby form. This is why having a consistent exercise routine before pregnancy is so critical. Your baby changes noticeably each month and your body does, too. Each month, I have noticed a dramatic difference in my body shape and muscle tone. I find this is especially true between seven months and eight months postpartum. Enjoy and capture these precious moments together. After all, you and your baby are travel buddies on this journey to recovery and discovery!