How To Keep A Positive Body Image While Getting Fit Post-Baby

Embrace your post-baby body and take positive steps towards a healthy life

Unless you’re one of the lucky few that won the genetic lottery, you're likely looking down at your body and thinking, okay what now? It can be pretty hard to see your body suddenly so different; the extra weight and skin, the separated abdominals, the stretched belly button, the little dark line travelling down your naval that developed during pregnancy (is that ever going to go away?). 

Don’t even get me started on your breasts after months of breastfeeding.

Still I have never been more proud of my incredible body and trust me when I say, no one will truly understand that until you enter the mommy club.

First things first, I think it is important to toss the common idea of the “pre-baby body” out the window. Not because I don’t believe it’s possible to look like you did before you had your beautiful child. But because I wouldn’t want to. I am so grateful for the body I once had but I am so crazy stupid proud of my body now and I want to encourage other women to be proud of their new beautiful bodies too.

Whether it is 10lbs or 50lbs, if you are trying to get fit everyone’s goals are all the same: decrease body fat and Increase lean muscle.

I think the best course of action is to open up your calendars and write down your goals.

Be specific—how many inches do you want to lose?

Be action-oriented—what steps are you going to take to achieve these goals?

Make sure they are realistic—expecting to lose 10 lbs in two weeks is a bit of a pipe dream and you don’t want to set yourself up for failure.

Be timely—give your self a time line to reach your goals. T

he best way to measure your success is to keep track of your measurements. Measure your bust line, waist and hips and then check back in after a month.

Losing body fat and increasing lean muscle is a combination of (a) resistance training (b) cardiovascular activity and (c) eating a clean and balanced diet.

Resistance training is based on the principle that muscles of the body will work to overcome a resistance force when required to do so. Health benefits of resistance training include improved muscle strength and tone, healthy weight, increased bone density and strength.

Cardiovascular activity is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body.

A clean diet that properly nourishes your body helps you feel energetic and productive. A healthy diet consists of a wide variety of whole, unrefined foods that are in their natural (or closest to natural) form. A healthy diet does not include sugary drinks or beverages such as soda and does not include trans fats. A healthy diet is high in healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and plenty of H2O.

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