The Two-Step Mommy Makeover
Step One: Deadlifts with a Dumbbell
Now that you have given life, it is time to put those flabby parts of your body to rest with a well-executed dead-lift. Busy moms will love it. This exercise only takes about 3 minutes if you do the recommended number of sets.
- Keeping your legs as stiff as possible, bend over at the waist while holding a dumbbell in each hand. Try for 2lbs. to 5lbs. for starters.
- Flex your gluteus muscles as you return slowly back to the starting position.
*Note: this easy home workout for new moms should be performed for at least 3 sets of 10 reps. Increase your dumbbell weight limit as you become more comfortable with the exercise.
Step Two: Planking
This exercise is terrific for after pregnancy because it offers numerous benefits without requiring much physical activity at all. In fact, you could probably do this right next to your sleeping baby and not even disturb her. Moreover, it only takes about 30 seconds to complete.
- Get yourself into the pushup position as though you have just come up from a rep, with your hands placed firmly on the ground, arms extended and locked, and your body elevated by your toes.
- Suck in your abdominal muscles for the duration of the plank, which should be between 15 and 30 seconds.
*Note: you might not feel much at first, but trust that this workout is doing serious work on your abs. If you can hold the plank position for longer, go for it. You have nothing to lose but that baby belly.
Be sure to speak with your doctor before attempting any post-partum workouts. If you had your baby less than 6 weeks ago, it is best that you find a home workouts that are bit less challenging (if possible).