By Rosemary Marchese
Editor, B.A. Applied Sci (Physiotherapist)
Fitness is the key to post-baby return to work!
Getting back to work after delivering a baby is one of the toughest things I have ever done. Far out, the sleep deprivation is enough to send you senile, let alone coping with the fatigue from delivery, the worry that you are not groomed like Carol from the Brady Bunch with your house guest-ready at any moment and a runway figure to boot. But now, for me, after experiencing quite a bit with three children and the juggle of finding that incredulous ‘work-life balance’ I know what has continue to get me through day-in and day-out – fitness.
I haven’t always been in the best shape that I would hope for after each baby, but I coped. I acknowledged that the better fitness would come if I just kept up something. A daily walk was where I started. Even if the walk was slow, I was there. I used exercise to give me energy rather than sap more from me. I now know that acknowledging that was essential to ‘lasting the distance’. I listened to my body. And I was not quitting.
Some women feel energised after having a baby – pass some of that over to the rest of us will you? But the reality is the majority of women don’t. There’s a lot to juggle and this tiny little bundle of joy will consume your life. If you have really young children and you feel tired all the time, then I suggest that you need lighter exercise to start. Training really intensely at the beginning will just sap more energy from you and you are less likely to stay committed. Exercise needs to be a habit that you can maintain long-term. The energy will come with time. I can’t promise you when, but it does return! Fuel your body with nutritious, healthy food to support your fitness and weight loss goals. These little steps will help you with your return-to-work because you are nourishing your body with healthy habits. Taking one day at a time.
Tips for return to work fitness after having a baby:
- Start with something you enjoy.
- Make it a habit. It’s in your calendar. You do it!
- Take it easy to start with. Listen to your body.
- Just turn up!
- Get it done in the morning!