Post Baby Workout with Andrea Merucci Hsiung Featuring Jill Yoga Activewear

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Good morning everyone!

This morning I’m teaming up with Andrea Merucci Hsiung owner and founder of ANDFIT Training Studios to demonstrate some great exercises that you can do at home post-baby!

Before we get moving —>! 🙂 Everyone partaking in any form of exercise should always check with their doctor if it is safe for them to do so. Please make sure your doctor or primary health care provider has given you the green light to resume exercise after having a baby. We strongly recommend that you also see a pelvic floor physiotherapist to make sure you do not have any pelvic floor issues or an abdominal separation. In case this interests you ( I know I need more info on this! ) we will be doing another post on how to rebuild your core after abdominal seperation on the next fitness post.

Lets get to it!

1) Squats

Squatting is one of the best ways to build up your strength after you have had a baby and also a great way to build back your core safely. Make sure to coordinate your breathing to engage your core properly.

Your feet should start a little wider than shoulder width apart. Bend your knees while keeping your chest lifted and extend your arms in front of you. As you lower you should be inhaling.
Exhale to engage your core then press back to standing and repeat.
Complete 12 repetitions of this exercise 2-3 times

2) Squat and Kicks

This is a great cardio and strength move that will help you get your heart rate up and also help you engage your core and work on balance as well. This is the perfect Mommy combo exercise.

Your feet should start a little wider than shoulder width apart. Bend your knees while keeping your chest lifted and extend your arms in front of you. As you lower you should be inhaling.
Exhale to engage your core then press back to standing then as you stand kick out one leg to the side making sure you engage your core to maintain your balance. Bring your leg back to the starting position squat again and then as you stand kick out the opposite leg to the stand. Making sure you inhale as you lower and exhale to stand and kick.
Complete 20 total kicks, 10 each side and repeat 2-3 times

5) Push Up

Push ups focus on the the muscles in the chest and back and arms, it is a great exercise that many mothers can benefit from, especially because we often carry or hold our babes for long periods of time.

Start on all fours and have your hands directly below your shoulders and your knees should be behind your hips and your back is angled and in line with your neck. You should be looking slightly in front of you. As you bend your elbows to lower your body down, and inhale as you lower. Go as low as you can then exhale and push back to your starting position. Repeat for as many reps until you can do 10 then repeat 2-3 times.

3) Glute Bridge

This exercise is a great way to strengthen the glutes as well as your core postpartum. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and shoulder width apart, arms beside your body. Inhale to prepare and as you start to exhale engage your core and press your hips all the way up engaging your glutes. Hold for 2 secs and inhale as you lower your body back down to the floor.
Complete 12 repetitions and repeat 2-3 times

4) Oblique Heel Touches

Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and shoulder width apart, arms beside your body. Then slightly lift your head off the ground and reach down towards your one ankle on the same side, and with the other hand reach towards your other ankle on the same side and continue to repeat for a total of 20 reaches. Complete this for a total of 2-3 set. This is another exercise that helps tone and strengthen the obliques.

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