If you had a spring birth, now is the best time to start thinking about getting in shape for summer. Transitioning into life as a parent can be challenging, and you may have even thought about an easier way to get your pre-pregnancy body back — cosmetic surgery. However, along with the price tag and the potential need for medical negligence compensation, nipping and tucking may be more than you bargained for. Here are healthier, more rewarding ways to shape up for summer.
Weight lifting. Don’t be tricked into thinking that you can get the body you want without a little strength training — or a lot of it. There’s no reason to fear weights; you won’t bulk up, but you will develop more lean body mass (also known as killer arms, washboard abs and a firm behind). And all of that muscle means that you’ll burn more calories, even while you’re not working out. In fact, weightlifting has more than one purpose; it works your muscles and speeds up your metabolism while also giving you a burst of cardio.
Jogging. No risk of clinical negligence here. If you’re still worried about shedding baby weight post-pregnancy, jogging is one of the best ways to do it. Hitting the open road or the treadmill will build your cardiovascular endurance and help you drop the extra weight. And actually, if you’re looking for an exercise that help you burn maximum calories in little time, running is second to only cross-country skiing. In addition to the physical advantages, it gives you time to think and a full supply of endorphins to get you in the mood for summer.
Kickboxing. Looking for a workout that’s as fun as it is challenging? Jump on the kickboxing bandwagon. This workout, which is a skillful combination of cardio and martial arts, is one of the best ways to burn fat around your midsection. And the best part is that there’s lots of punching involved, so if you’re frustrated, this is a healthy and productive way to vent.
Hiking. Having a set workout routine is crucial for shaping up, but sometimes you just need to do something out of the ordinary. If you’re tired of the gym, grab a pair of hiking boots and get your exercise outdoors. Depending on your pace, hiking can be an excellent replacement for your usual cardio routine, and if you choose a place with elevation, you can consider pulling your own body weight up steep hills as mild strength training.
Zumba. Of course, there are other ways to break your routine that involve a bit more rhythm. With the increasing popularity of Zumba, you’re likely to find a class near you. This dance workout is a blend of hip-hop, salsa, merengue, soca and other Latin-inspired dances set to an uptempo beat. But this is no walk in the park; one study of Zumba class attendees showed that they burned up to 1,000 calories in an hour.
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