This article discusses the safety and benefits of a HIIT workout plan for postpartum women. Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
High intensity interval training is an exercise plan that burns fat in less time than traditional exercise routines. The alternating periods of rest and intense exercise increase oxygen consumption exponentially, resulting in greater weight loss and better health in less time.
You can begin moderate exercise within a few days after delivery, however, experts recommend waiting 5 to 6 weeks before returning to a full HIIT program.
Is HIIT safe and how does it help postpartum?
Gradually beginning a workout plan postpartum is not only safe, but recommended. Exercise helps recover from the effects of pregnancy. It helps relieve postpartum depression and boosts energy levels. It also helps your body return to its pre-pregnancy state.
The rectus-abdominus muscle commonly separates during pregnancy and/or delivery. Research shows that light, postpartum abdominal exercise aids the body in repairing these muscles.
Tabata training is an excellent exercise program to start with after giving birth. Tabata is a full body workout form of HIIT with longer resting periods and shorter intense intervals. Sara Haley, a certified post-natal exercise trainer states, “Tabata helps in regaining cardiovascular endurance after giving birth.”
Gradually beginning a postpartum fitness program can go a long way towards recovery. It leads to both better mental and physical health.
Remember to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If you feel discomfort or pain, stop immediately and contact your physician.
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