Post Pregnancy Exercises: Get Back Into Shape In No Time

Post Pregnancy Exercises: Get Back Into Shape In No Time

Ever wondered how Hollywood moms manage to look bikini-ready so quickly after having a baby? Well now you can too -- with these post pregnancy exercises from a celebrity trainer

Congratulations, you've just had a baby. And you're in for a big change. No more shopping in the maternity section, or convincing yourself that you're "eating for two" anymore. Welcome to the world of post-pregnancy. Now it's time to lost that weight by performing post pregnancy exercises to help you get back the body you once had. It may sound like a daunting task, but it is doable. Valerie Waters, a celebrity trainer whose clients include Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Garner offers some encouraging words, "Forget what you hear about celebrities getting back into shape in two to three works after giving birth." That being said, it's time to look into post pregnancy exercises that will take you from fuller to fitter sooner than you think.

Before jumping into a series of post-pregnancy workouts, you want to make sure that you've given your body ample time to recover and heal from pregnancy. Waters recommends waiting at least six weeks after pregnancy before starting workouts after pregnancy, and make sure to check with a doctor before beginning a program.

Waters offers the following workout as a modification of her Red Carpet Ready Workout that she created for her celebrity clients. The moves are supposed to work different muscles simultaneously while energizing you. All you'll need is exercise tubing with handles, which you can find at any sporting goods store. Waters recommends a ten to fifteen walk or bike ride to warm up, followed by ten minutes of full body movements (knee lifts, plies, and arm swings). Here are several great post-pregnancy exercises:

For arms: Stand on the middle of the tube while holding on to the handles and perform arm curls.

For buttocks: Position one foot behind your body and perform lunges. For thighs: Place both foot on the tube, keeping them shoulder-width apart, and perform a squat while positioning the handles on top of shoulders.

For shoulders: The last in this series of post pregnancy exercises, this move requires that you straighten your arms up and away from the side of the body and perform side arm raises.

Cool down by performing a series of light stretches for the lower back and torso. Lie on your back and pull one knee into your chest, holding for thirty seconds then do the same on the other side. Try to perform these post pregnancy exercises between three and five times a week and you'll be well on your way to a fit and fabulous body.

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Will need to keep this in mind!

by AlyssaMaex Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 05:16PM Report as inappropriate

It is great to tell people to start slowly while their body is recuperating.

by beautybody Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:06PM Report as inappropriate

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