What are some of the best ways (exercises) you ladies have found to work off the baby weight. I am breast feeding and have technically lost almost everything I gained with the pregnancy but I am still VERY overweight. I can't cut calories too much as I am breast feeding but I need baby friendly exercises I can start in a few weeks once I am released post c section.
I have been rather sedentary for a while, VERY sick with the pregnancy and being in school full time and working didn't leave much time for exercising. Trying to walk more and more til I am released but being SO hot it is hard to do with the baby.
Any tips? I do plan to breast feed for a year so the minimum calorie restriction I can do is 1800-2000 (will double check this with the doc when I return in 4 weeks).
Also any plans for another weight loss challenge! I will be checking back into the Sparkpeople group soon!
I will preface this by saying that I am not a mom. But I did a google search and came back with these links:
I've known a few people who used their babies as weights, and it worked out really well for them. They say it's also a good way to bond with your baby.
Simple, I know, but I started just walking and doing housework (I had a c-section, too, so I know the pain is too much when healing to do much of anything complicated/demanding). After you are completely healed, you might try the Couch to 5K plan (really easy interval training to get you literally from the couch to running 3 miles/30 min. in 12). And yoga. I think there are even some mommy/baby exercise classes out there. I don't know where you live, but check YMCA or your local fitness club. And water aerobics are pretty easy on the body, but quite effective for weight loss and toning. Good luck! It isn't easy for most of us to lose that baby weight.
I just started the C25K plan about three weeks ago. I've already lost 7 lbs. Check it out at: NHS C25K
Of course, you have the added benefit of breast-feeding (which really helps most women). Just make sure the calories you take in are easily-burned fuel rather than fattening foods that will be hard to work off. Not all calories are equal; 2000 calories of fast food is harder to work off than 2000 calories of veggies/fruits/whole grains/lean meats/etc. But, as a new mom, you are probably all over the healthy diet thing.
(and a weight-loss/exercise challenge would be good motivation - I'd be in
Look up the 30 day shred by Jillian michaels. Most moms see a lot of results from this. My sister in law did zumba classes and it worked for her. I haven't tried either. I'm still working on my baby belly. I found P90X really worked for me last time I did it but you won't want to do that this soon.