Pro-tip: Getting the Most Out of Your Elliptical Workout in Postpartum
In our book, no exercise is off-limits in postpartum. BUT, it’s all about integrity. It’s absolutely key that you’re doing exercises safely, within your current strength range and progressing well.
Ready to get back to elliptical training? Here are a few tips to making sure your pelvic floor and core are staying safe while you work on that endurance. (ehem…which we neeeeeed to chase around these little bear cubs all day long! ?)
* Lean BACK and push the foot plates down through your heels. Think of someone pulling a high ponytail at the back / top of your head to elongate your back body. This will also help you activate your tush…which will also help you…
* Keep your chin tucked / not jutted forward: the high ponytail lift helps with this, naturally helps your pelvic floor function as it should, encourages great alignment and allows you to feel the work more in your tush – where it belongs.
* Maintain alignment of ribs over hips: no rib flaring! Think of bringing your ribs down toward your pelvis so your lower back is lengthened, not overly arched. ⠀
* Hands off the handlebars. We know, they ‘help’ when you’re tired, but you know what? If you’re so tired that you can’t take another step without holding on, get off. You’re wasting your precious workout time. (And we love you too much to let you waste your time! ❤️) ⠀
* Do short bursts of intensity. You’ll get more work done in less time, which is a very good thing…
* But pay attention to your body and stay within your limits. If you feel the pressure in your abdominal canister shift outward or down when you increase your intensity, take the intensity down a notch. Don’t worry, you’ll get back to high intensity soon enough!
Let us know how your next workout goes! ❤️
PS. Want to know more about repairing and restoring in postpartum, and learn which exercises can really seal in your strength after baby? Check out our online studio!