Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. I did receive compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
Did you know postpartum depressioneffects up to 25% of new moms? I know when I became a new mom it was overwhelming trying to heal my own body while carrying for a newborn. If you add sleep deprivation into the equation and you can see how overwhelming being a new mom can be.
Sleep Deprivation, hormonal imbalance, stress, worries over returning to work and negative body image can often lead to postpartum depression. If you believe that you are suffering from postpartum depression, make sure to seek the advice of a medical professional.
While anti-depressants and therapy can help postpartum depression, researchers now believe that partaking in certain exercises can help improve postpartum depression as well.
Walking – Walking is a great starter exercise. When I felt strong enough, I began taking short walks around our neighborhood with my husband and baby in the stroller. Once my doctor had given me the okay to work out, I began taking longer walks. It was a great way to help me get my foot in the door to working out and it gave me time outside to think through my emotions and stress.
Yoga – Yoga helps connect your body and mind. It can also help ease your mind, stress and anxiety levels through anxiety/stressrelieving poses. Yoga can also help strengthen your core and pelvic floor after pregnancy and child birth.
Running – Running is a huge stress and anxiety reliever.
Strength training/HIIT – Strength training and HIIT are forms of exercise that should be conducted after your body is healed after child birth. This is a way to decrease stress, anxietyand depression.
Hiking – Is there anything better than getting a workout in while also enjoying all that nature has to offer. The best part about hiking is in addition to decreasing stress, anxiety and depressionit also is a form of exercise that you can do while baby wearing.
Kickboxing – This is a form of High Intensity Interval Training that helps you decrease stress, anger, anxiety and depression.
Dancing – The best part about dancing (in addition to the massive calories you can burn) is that it doesn’t have to be done in a gym. You can dance it out in your living room, in a workout class or while out with your girls. This is another amazing way to help improve postpartum depression.