Have you set personal fitness goals for 2017? Whether you’re a new mum or not, making the decision to begin your fitness journey is a big deal and is never easy. We discussed 10 tips to help you get started last month and now we’d like to continue to help you on your road to strength, weight loss, toning, or simply getting back to the old you.
These 5 apps will help you not only find exercises and activities that will help you, but also assist you in staying accountable to your goals and celebrate the milestones, as big or small as they may be, along the way. Living a healthy lifestyle is just that – a lifestyle – which means there should never be an end point. Get yourself on the right track with our top 5 fitness apps for new mums!
My Fitness Pal is one of the most popular fitness apps out there. The regularly updated calorie counter helps you stick to your daily calorie goals and allows you to track exercise as well allowing you to truly grasp the effectiveness of your activities. It also syncs with other fitness and health apps such as Apple Health, Fitbit, Strava and more to give you a full view of your efforts and maximise your success. It also includes goal tracking and reports to help you make better choices and keep you on track. While the app is free to download and use in day to day tracking, a premium subscription is also available to offer even more extras at a cost of £7.99/month or £39.99 for the year!
One of the hardest parts of getting back into shape post-pregnancy can be knowing when to start and what sort of exercises are right for you at each stage of recovery. This app is perfect as it details safe and effective exercises and activities from birth right up until 6 months post-partum! This was one of the first fitness apps specifically for new mums that we found and it also explains which muscle group you’re focusing on, anything warnings or modifications to look out for and how many times you should do the exercise – which will increase as the weeks pass and your body recovers. There’s a tracker function to record your progress and you are able to save workouts for use in the future if you were fond of them. Yoga, pilates and strength training are the main focuses, and they even show you how to incorporate your baby into the activities so you’re not just waiting for those precious moments when they’ve fallen asleep. Getting your child involved in activities earlier will not only strengthen your bond but expose them to a healthy lifestyle early on and instil those feelings for the future.
This app is not free, but only sets you back £3.99 – which is still much cheaper than a gym membership!
I think this is one of the coolest apps I’ve seen in some time. It incorporates the “feel good” emotions we experience while exercising with the positive feelings of doing a good deed by donating an amount of money based on how much exercise you’ve completed! Great for the walking, running and cycling enthusiasts (though we recommend not running/cycling until you’ve had your 6-8 week check in with your GP), this fitness app keeps track of your miles and donates an amount per mile to a charity of your choice. It instils a bit of competition to motivate and you can share and compete with friends, family and other members to drive you further. It’s great way to do a great deed for yourself, while helping others. Even better, the app is free!
A recent trend in the fitness world is HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training that focuses on shorter spurts of exercise that keep your heart rate elevated and essentially fit in the same amount of effort in a shorter amount of time, making the time you spend exercising more effective! While we would not suggest this sort of exercise immediately after birth, if you’re still struggling to shift weight a few months down the road, these 7 minute sets will surely set you on the right track and are an excellent exercise app for new mums as the lesser amount of time required is perfect when you have young children and less time. Complete with a great range of activities that target various parts of your body, this free app also gives you a personal challenge to do 7 minutes a day for 7 months, which is a natural, effective amount of time to lose that excess pregnancy weight.
A popular favourite among mum-to-be’s and new mums alike, yoga is a great activity that slowly but surely strengthens and tones your body and can easily be tailored for all levels of experience. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or not, the Daily Yoga app has over 100 classes to help guide you on your weight loss journey. It also details over 500 poses individually in order for you to ensure you are practising in a safe and correct manner. Voted the “Best Yoga App 2015/16”, the app is an easy way to stay active when you’re on the go and also allows you to do sessions of 5-70 minutes so you’ll never feel like you can’t fit a quick workout in. Yoga also helps aid in relaxation and sleep which is a necessity with the everyday stresses of being a new mum. The basic app is free, with the ability to pay more for the premium version (£19.49) and even more sessions.
The road to recovery and fitness post pregnancy is one that must be tailored individually for everyone. What is most important is that you are listening to your body and your GP on what sort of exercises are right for you and how soon you may begin. As we mentioned in our tips from last month, giving yourself until at least your first check up at 6-8 weeks before beginning any sort of intense routine will give your body the time it needs to naturally repair itself. Your body will thank you, and you’ll be at much lower risk of injuring yourself and putting your routine back even further. A healthy lifestyle takes time, and all it takes is the first step to set you on the right track!