How to Maintain your Weight after Pregnancy

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness expert Michele Warsa discusses how to maintain your new fitness regimen.

    Michele Warsa: Hi, I am Michele Warsa owner of Fit Intuition (Ph) and Body On Purpose. Today, I am going to show you how to lose weight after pregnancy. In this segment, I am going to share with you some exercise tips to help you maintain your new fitness regimen. The first thing that you want to do is write down your fitness goals. You want to keep it simple and practical. For instance, one pound a week is not only feasible but sustainable.

    Another thing that's really something that you want to incorporate is doing strength training 2-3 times a week. Strength training is any type of weightlifting and using your muscles to create the movement. You are going to increase the amount of lean muscle that you have in your body. Now what that does, that increases your metabolism so that you are burning more calories 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    So another excellent tip is to focus on a muscle group whenever you are doing a strength training. Just thinking about that muscle group will actually activate it a little bit more. For instance, when you are doing a pelvic tilt or an abdominal exercise thinking about the muscles, thinking about the abdominals is going to make them contract little bit more effectively and efficiently.

    Third, you do want to do three to five cardiovascular exercises a week. Now, with circuit training you are actually getting the benefit of combining both strength training and cardiovascular exercise all in one segment. So that makes it efficient and effective.

    So you have lesser the chance of the drop out rate, meaning that it's not as boring if you will than just kind of walking on a tread machine for 30 minutes and one more tip is that there are going to be many days where you don't feel like exercising. So if you feel like you don't have the energy to do it, I always tell my clients, do it anyway because after about 05-10 minutes more than likely you are going to feel more energized than when you started and if you don't then give yourself permission to stop.

    Another valuable tip is that you do want to really maintain a healthy lifestyle as far as eating. Everyone in your life is going be ready for it including your family and your baby and finally you really want to acknowledge your effort. I think your mind is so powerful so if you acknowledge, the feeling of wellbeing that you have from exercising that's going to spill over into every aspect of your life. Remember your fitness is mentally and physically beneficial for not just you, for your baby.

    So that's it. My name is Michele Warsa and I do want to say thank you so much for watching and I hope that you find these tips and exercises beneficial for you.