Having a baby
New babies are a full-time occupation and to begin with, all of your time, thoughts and emotions are wrapped up in adjusting to the new, tiny but demanding, bundle of joy.
In time, and as the shock wears off and you begin to feel a bit more like a separate person, rather than full-time baby attachment, your thoughts may begin to turn to getting “your body back”. And in particular, to your tummy, which may well be bearing the signs of doing an amazing job and possibly isn’t as flat as it was previously. Perhaps the reflection in the mirror looks unfamiliar or you just want to feel better.
Maybe you’ve seen the celebrities and instagram stars who seem to ping back into shape after their babies like they’re made of human elastic, and you want some of that action for yourself. Or you were the queen of the gym pre-pregnancy? Exercise could be an alien concept but one you are keen to try. Or maybe you fall somewhere in the middle and just want to start getting back to yourself?
Wherever you fall on the spectrum, the temptation can be overwhelming to sign up for some high intensity classes and try to jump and sweat your way back to your pre-baby self. We all know HIIT burns all the fat right. But before you sign yourself up for an all-singing, all-impact HIIT class, or throw yourself into crossfit, or any other exercise class, there are a few things you need to consider.
AUTHOR: EMILY GILLILAND
PERSONAL TRAINER, SURREY
Emily Gilliland runs EmilyG Fitness and is a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer with specialisms in pregnancy and the postnatal period, as well exercise for medical referrals and older people.