Post-baby work-outs inspired by Kate Middleton’s fave exercises
Fitness fanatics, we’re predicting it now: The next work-out trend will be “exercises for new mums.”
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton glowed throughout her pregnancy and she was one of those lucky women with a perfectly round bump that looked like a soccer ball — err, futbol? — was tucked underneath her shift dresses.
Just like the international obsession over Middleton’s maternity style — and “The Great Kate Wait” royal baby countdown — we suspect the world will be wondering what kind of post-baby fitness routines she’ll take up.
Marie Claire UK reported that Middleton did light exercises throughout her pregnancy, like yoga and taking long walks.
When it comes to post-baby fitness, the first step is to be safe, according to celebrity fitness trainer Matt Roberts. (Naomi Campbell is on his client list). He told the Huffington Post that new moms should consult with their doctors about their work-out plans: “Most (doctors) recommend six weeks of rest before hitting the gym but this could be less or or more depending on what the doctor says.”
The benefits of easing back into a work-out routine after having a baby are tremendous: Exercise is an energy booster, stress reliever and an all-natural sleep aid.
Here are three perfect post-pregnancy work-outs:
- Erica over at Knocked-Up Fitness designed a “post-baby” workout inspired by Kate’s exercise habits during pregnancy. She made a free printable version of the exercises — perfect for new moms who want to squeeze in a work-out in between baby’s naps. Included in her regimen is the “Cat Cow: Stretch your Middle(ton)” that is good for stretching your back and strengthening your core. She’s also got a tutorial for lunges that tone your butt and stretch your front hips, which can become tight during pregnancy.
- Post baby Ab Rehab from Parents Magazine offers a half-dozen firming exercises. They include leg planks, curls and toe taps to blast post-partum pooches.
- 3-2-1 Baby Bulge Be Gone DVD was created by celebrity fitness trainer Ramona Braganza who helped Jessica Alba get back in shape after her daughter was born. The 12-week training program is designed to energize new moms and get them on their way to their pre-baby bodies. The exercises focus on core strengthening, cardio workouts and circuit training.
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