You are looking to jump-start your postnatal fitness and eager to get back into your old clothes. Or you just want to lose some extra pounds before that tropical vacation. Whatever maybe the motivation, here are some tips that can help you get on track to a fitter you.
Make Nutrition a part of it– No amount of exercise will help you get lean without a proper diet to go with it. Ditch those fad diets and eat complete wholefoods that nourish and replenish your body. E.g. going on a no-carb diet is not sustainable in the long run and only leads to yo-yo dieting.
Rethink your workout – If you are only doing cardio exercises, then it’s time to add some strength training and perhaps even stretching to your routine. Studies show that building lean muscles, increases your resting metabolic rate, causing you to burn more calories, doing your everyday chores.
Stay hydrated –Drink at least half your weight in ounces a day. This increases your metabolism as well as ensures that your body doesn’t retain water weight. Studies show that drinking at least 17oz of water a day increases your metabolism by 30% in healthy people
Stay Motivated –Join a fitness class or buddy up with a friend to stay motivated. Life has a way of getting in the way, especially for new moms, so having a fitness buddy to keep you accountable and honest is a sure way of staying on track.
Get a good night’s sleep – It is essential for the body to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night to ensure proper restoration and hormonal balance. Lack of sleep is also associated with slow metabolic rate, which can cause weight gain
I started ChiTown Moms Fitness group to build a community that provides fitness and nutrition level support for moms in Chicago and beyond. The purpose of this blog is to get moms together to start fitness challenges and to provide a support system that encourages them as well as holds them accountable towards their goals. We will hold fitness challenges ranging from 4, 6, to 12 weeks to see total body transformations. Nutrition will be a big part of these fitness challenges and so will meeting regularly to assess our progress.
About Me: My name is Neeru Hundal and I've been living in the great city of Chicago since 1999. I’m a thriving, happy mom to a 2-year-old toddler, who has been struggling to lose weight, postpartum. My goal is to lose 30 pounds via our community organized fitness challenges and get fit, maybe even run a marathon someday. While I’m not there yet, I'm chipping away slowly at it, by eating clean and running for about 2 to 3 times a week.