Maintaining an exercise routine while pregnant is healthy and highly recommended. Midwife Cat Law listed its many benefits for mums-to-be, from improving your sleep quality to assisting in labour. In fact, women should incorporate light to moderate amounts of exercise to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Some activities you can try are prenatal yoga, brisk walking, and swimming.
After giving birth comes the even harder part of getting back to a regular fitness routine. However, finding some time to work out is important to ensure your personal health. The healthier you are, the more capable you become of taking care of another human being. If you’re still lacking motivation, read on for some expert advice from world-class athletes who regained their fitness after giving birth.
Six-time winner of the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Alysia Montaño garnered media attention for competing in the same race while pregnant — twice. Though Montaño is clearly a kickass athlete, her comeback to racing was not without its challenges. She revealed to Runner’s World that rebuilding her core strength has been one of the most challenging parts of post-partum training. She focused on rebuilding her foundations before moving on to more advanced training. This shows that post-partum women should take a gradual approach to exercise. Even professionals have to start from scratch.
Scottish golfer Catriona Matthew is best known for winning the 2009 Women’s British Open. She’s also a mum of two. Golf may be physically demanding, but for Matthew, it’s more of a mental challenge. The time that golfers walk in between shots is usually when their mind gets tested. Instead of worrying about her shots, Matthew thinks about her daughters, which instantly relieves her stress. The next time you feel anxious about working out or performing well, use your baby as an inspiration. It’s a nifty little trick that you can try, too!
Dana Vollmer’s secret to regaining her fitness after pregnancy was to schedule her workouts in the morning. The Olympic gold medallist got up between 4:30 and 5:00am to complete her swim training before 8:15am. It’s how the competitive swimmer managed her time for training and taking care of her family. She also writes her daily goals in a journal, which is a great way of monitoring your own progress.
Olympic cyclist Laura Kenny says she gets her motivation from her son and wants to inspire him to lead a healthy life. The young mum took a break from her career in 2017 after announcing that she was going to have a child with fellow track cyclist, Jason Kenny. Kenny is now one of the most iconic British athletes, with four gold medals from the London and Rio Olympics. She also won 1st place at the 2018 National Track Championships shortly after her pregnancy. Like Kenny, think of exercising not just as a personal journey. It’s also an opportunity to set an example to your family so that they can establish healthy habits early on.
Serena Williams is not only a symbol of greatness in sports, but she also represents strength and courage in women who’ve had to endure difficult pregnancies. Body and Soul noted that Williams’ plan is simply to stick with the same fitness routine and diet, which have clearly worked for her in the past. That included a workout plan focused on improving endurance, flexibility, and muscle functionality. There’s no magic formula to it — just patience, discipline, and determination.
Every woman’s experience with pregnancy is different. But when it comes down to it, the secret to getting fit is really no secret at all. It will take time and effort, but like these athletes, the reward will be worth it!
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By Emily Greene