Weight loss is a priority for most women after childbirth. Some moms get in shape fast and shed those pesky pounds within weeks. Others keep struggling for years to achieve the desired weight. Regardless of what category you fall into, exercise should be part of your routine. The benefits of physical activity go beyond weight loss. Working out will boost your energy and stamina, lift your mood, keep your brain sharp, and balance your hormones.
Here are five benefits of postpartum exercise other than weight loss:
Restore Muscle Tone and Strength
Postnatal exercise helps restore muscle tone and strength while shaping your body. In just a few weeks, you’ll look more toned and shed belly fat. Strength training is particularly effective. Although it won’t get you rid of loose skin, it can make your muscles harder and more cut up.
Build a Strong Core
Your core muscles are weaker after childbirth. Most women also develop diastasis recti or ab separation, which causes a gap between your right and left abdominal wall muscles. Even though this condition isn’t dangerous, it may affect your confidence and physical appearance. The good news is that you can repair diastasis recti through exercise.
Get Rid of Stress
Stress is a major issue for any new mom. After childbirth, you have to take care of your baby, do house chores, and find time for yourself. Some women return to work a few weeks later, which makes things even more difficult. Regular exercise can boost your mood and improve your ability to fight stress. Research shows that working out as little as 15 minutes a day lowers the stress hormone cortisol levels, increases serotonin levels, and wards off depression.
Have More Energy
Most people feel energized after intense training. Believe it or not, working out can actually reduce fatigue and tiredness. A study conducted by the University of Georgia has found that sedentary people who started a workout routine experienced a 65 percent decrease in fatigue. Regardless of how tired you are, make an effort and hit the gym. You’ll feel amazing afterwards. The benefits will surprise you.
Enjoy a Better Sex Life
Just 20 minutes of daily exercise can improve sexual response in women. Physical activity no only boosts your energy, but also improves your vitality, confidence, and self esteem. On top of that, it increases adrenaline and serotonin levels, leading to a better sex life and higher libido.