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Running to the Core Podcast

Nov 15, 2022

Marietta Mehanni has over 30 years of experience in teaching group fitness and is an international presenter, presenting at fitness conferences all over the globe. In this episode she talks with Dianne about elements of postnatal fitness when returning to Step in the postnatal months, usually after at least 6 - 8 weeks following the birth.

Marietta highlights that it is about making step by step progress when rebuilding fitness following pregnancy and birth, the same as it would be if someone was coming back from an injury or being unwell. There is no rush. She outlines options from using a doormat as a starting point, through to building impact over time, while considering that jumping down from a step can be more impact than running. Building impact into your workouts is usually recommended for when you are at least 3 - 4 months postnatal.

Marietta outlines ways to match the intensity of your workout with your pelvic floor ability, encouraging you to be mindful to heal and recover well. Take your time and think of the term she uses - "lifelong fitness", working at the levels and aspects of fitness suited to this time of your life.

For some Mums starting with 5 minutes of movement and building up over time, gives the small wins you need and even when it feels easy. Marietta recommends this can be a good starting point. Her online class options vary from 20 to 30 minutes up to 60 minutes, with varying intensity and workout levels available. 

To join a class via Facebook: Virtual Workouts with Marietta  

Marietta's website: Marietta Mehanni Education

For more information visit The Pregnancy Centre