Lose Baby Weight
When You Are Too Tired To Exercise
Tiredness is one of the toughest things about being a mum. Gone are the days when you can sleep in and get an extra 60 minutes in (oh how I would LOVE that right now!!) and as we all know getting motivated to do any exercise when you are exhausted is pretty hard.
I get over 100 emails a day from mums asking for help on weight loss and around 50% of those are asking for help to overcome tiredness so that they can exercise - so it is a very common issue and it does go hand in hand with motherhood.
Of course although exercise is so important for health and weight loss but don't put too much pressure on yourself as if you have only had 2-3 hours sleep the last thing you want to worry about is doing exercise - and speaking from my own sleepless nights all you are trying to do is cope and stay awake the next day!
I do find that most days I am pretty tired as my life is pretty hectic but what I do to keep my exercise up is to incorporate into my life in 5 minute chunks that fit into what I am doing rather than make it a big deal or event.
So for example, I go for a daily walk and even when I absolutely exhausted I find the fresh air really helps and then when I am out I pop my bub in a swing at the park and do some exercises then too (it is me and my baby in the pic with me doing some core exercises).
I also do exercises around the house during the day such as squats (the best exercise for burning fat), mini push ups (great for the core and upper body strength), core work (such as the plank and crunches) and dancing with my baby (which gets me some cardio in).
I also try and eat the healthiest foods possible as even though it may be tempting to eat some chocolate or biscuits they will give you a very short energy boost then make you feel even worse half an hour later.
Plus your body needs nutrients to function well - especially when tired so make sure you are getting enough iron and magnesium through wholegrain bread, dried fruits such as apricots or dates, spinach, oats, tofu and nuts. I find the best energy booster when I am really tired is a banana, a handful of nuts and a cup of green tea.
This blog was written by Rhian Allen, Founder of Lose Baby Weight. For more motivation, advice, recipes and exercise plans visit http://www.losebabyweight.com.au and for daily motivation join the Lose Baby Weight Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/losebabyweight.com.au
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