8 Reasons Why you Should Exercise after Having a Baby

After childbirth, the concern of many mothers is to have the body back before. Both the lack of food and physical activity, as well as excessive exercise and restrictive diets can disrupt the process and cause health problems.

Being a new mom is a tough business. When you have a baby or a toddler is even harder. Between balancing work obligations and family life, your world gets completely upside down —and it’s easy to see why exercise gets pushed to the back burner. But all the bunk “bouncing back” and getting back to your “pre-baby body” narratives aside, finding time to work out is a great way to mix in self-care.  Although it can not be achieved overnight, you can achieve healthy habits by exercising.

But first, figure out what type of physical activities you're most likely to do, and think about when and how you'd be most likely to follow through. For instance, would you be more likely to do some gardening in the evening, start your day with a jog, or go for a bike ride or play basketball with your children after school? Do what you enjoy to help you stick with it.



1. You-time

And only you, you deserve it!  Of course, this is no small feat when your entire focus is on a tiny human 24 hours a day. However, carving out even a small amount of “me time” does great things for your mind and body.

2. Reduce Anxiety

Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety, and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.

3. Gain confidence. 

Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.

4. Better Sleep.

Sorry, we can’t help your bundle of joy sleep through the night but there is scientific evidence is encouraging as regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep. Physical activity may not just be good for the waistline and heart, but it also can help you sleep

5. Boost Self-esteem

Many new moms feel like a failure: you can’t soothe your baby, you can’t get them to sleep, you’re having trouble nursing—the list goes on. Working out can remind you that your body is strong, hard-working, and capable of so much. A natural builder of self-esteem and self-confidence, physical exercise and the inherent challenges will make you feel good about yourself and your body.

6. More Humor and Energy

When you exercise, the body produces endorphins, the hormones of well-being. And although you spend energy during exercise, you will feel more energetic throughout the day.

 7. Community Connections

Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood. You can meet other moms on the way and expand your mom tribe.


8. Cope in a healthy way. 

Doing something positive to manage depression or anxiety is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how you feel, or hoping depression or anxiety will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.