How to Get Your Health Back on Track Postpartum
This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ll be honest, the last few weeks of my 3rd trimester to well into my first month with Evie we were in a total casserole, food-delivery blur. My main focus was for my newborn’s wellbeing and my own physical health took a backseat. In fact, when Kevin and I did have an option for what we were eating it was normally between tacos or gyros! It took a solid 6-weeks to get to a point where we could begin to focus on our own self care. Now, that we are nearly at the 3-month marker we have slowly started to get back on track with our health and fitness. From making smarter snack choices (like these FAGE Total Split Cups) to incorporating a realistic workout routine; here are a few tips that have helped us get back on track postpartum!
Create a Realistic Workout Routine
Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your postpartum recovery. The female body is incredible and has most likely changed as your body grew to accommodate your developing child. It’s best to realize from the get-go that you may never get back to your pre-pregnancy weight or body shape. Realize what you can do and how you can move forward to get back into healthier habits. Our first step back into fitness was just that, walking! It got both Kevin and I out of the house and helped with my overall recovery. We started small, like walking around the block, and slowly increased to where we were walking a few miles each day. You’ll be amazed at how a little sunshine can also improve your mood!
Snacking IS Encouraged
I will FOREVER be a snacker! I personally love enjoying a late morning or mid-afternoon snack, it keeps me full and helps break up the time between meals. Snacking often gets a bad wrap. So much of what is presented to us is processed or full of things we most likely shouldn’t be enjoying on a regular basis. This is why we always have our fridge stocked with FAGE Total Split Cups. With 30% less sugar and no artificial sweeteners, it’s a clear snack choice that’s both rich, creamy, and totally satisfying.
A Clean Environment Makes For A Productive One
This may seem like a tip out of left-field, but I can’t stress how much it has worked for both Kevin and I. Seeing that we are both home this summer, it’s easy to get caught up in work and let household cleaning fall by the wayside. With my personality type I tend to stress when my environment is disorganized or cluttered - which then reflects in my selfcare. Setting aside time to clean or hiring a service to help out can do wonders for both your mood and productivity! We like to set aside a couple days a week and devote them to doing work around the house and backyard. This allows us to not only not stress on off days, but also continue to work within a tidy space.
Don’t Forget to Eat!
So much of getting back into a routine resides in not forgetting about your own needs. Realizing that you too need to be cared for, fed, and nurtured (just like your little one) will only aid in your wellbeing. Start by setting a schedule to enjoy a meal at the same time each day. As mentioned above, healthy snacks are also much needed. If you can do 2 scheduled (as in sit down) meals that’s even better! Not only will this help your body get back on track, it will also help you with getting your baby on a set schedule to allow time for these seated meals.
I’ll be the first one to admit that getting back into a health and fitness routine after having a baby is TOUGH! It takes diligence and a bit of hard work, but it’s not without its rewards. Getting back on track or at least “feeling” this way can be great for your mood and self care journey! I’d love to hear any tips you may have for how you get back on track with fitness, leave your advice in the comments below!
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