For nine months we carry a wonderful miracle and after the birth we live in a bubble of euphoria, staring in awe at the beautiful bundle of joy we’ve created. But, as the euphoria fades and reality starts to sink in we are pushed back to earth literally and physically as we roll around on the floor trying to force our pants button to meet the hole in the middle of our waist. What a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and birth is remarkable and our post-pregnancy bodies are something to be proud of. But, making time to get to the gym just sometimes seems impossible. Don’t fear, getting back into the swing of fitness-things might be easier than you think, without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Here are my top 5 ways of staying fit at home:

1.Bathroom-Break Lunges

Nature calls most of us throughout the day, so instead of walking to the bathroom – lunge your way to the bathroom. You will be surprised how many lunges you end up doing at the end of the day.

2.Sparkly Whites Leg Lifts

Make the most out of brushing your teeth and do a few leg lifts making sure you alternate legs. Keep your leg straight and kick backwards. Make sure to keep your glutes tight.

3.Baby-Wearing Squats

While trying to calm your bundle of joy in your sling or baby carrier do some squats. Make sure to activate your core and always be aware not to hyper-extend your knees.

4.Kitchen-Countertop Push-Ups

While preparing food do some push-ups against your countertop. 

5.Be a Kid Again

Playing with your baby or toddler is not only a great bonding experience, but also a great opportunity to exercise. Dance with your baby, run around with your toddler, swing them around and do some fun stimulating activities like bouncing them on your legs.

And finally, be creative, use the space and time you have and be kind to yourself. Our bodies are amazing and beautiful, and needs time after birth to adjust to its new normal. Just know that you can do this and that you are a super-mom!

Contributed by Madaleen Maraisof Clamber Club Babies – Bloemfontein
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