A year after introducing “pregnancy” at-home workouts for expecting mothers, Apple Fitness+ has added new postpartum workouts for new mothers. The new workout-out sessions are for mothers, who have had given vaginal or C-section births to strengthen their core and pelvic floor which is an important part of their mental and physical healing process.
It is common for mothers to experience postnatal depression after childbirth which is the persistent feeling of sadness and anxiety, lack of energy, loss of enjoyment, trouble sleeping, and other symptoms. The NHS states that in the early days after childbirth more than 1 in every 10 women is affected by postnatal depression, and it also affects a few fathers as well. Exercise as a part of self-care can help in the healing process to get the parents’ body and mental fitness.
Apple Fitness+ new postpartum workouts are no longer than 10 minutes
To help mothers recover their mental and physical health at a suitable pace, Apple Fitness+ offers postpartum workouts up to 10 minutes long. Spotted by CNET, the new postpartum workouts are designed to prepare the body and the mind of the new parents to gradually recover with mindful cooldowns.
The program’s new postpartum workouts will include strength and core exercises, including some that target the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles supporting the organs in the pelvis that relax during the birthing process and may need to be restrengthened.
While you should still check in with your health care provider to see what level of activity is safe for you after pregnancy, the Fitness Plus workouts are intended both for people who had a C-section and those who had a vaginal delivery. They’ll also include modifications based on how active you were during your pregnancy, or how mildly or intensely you’d like to start exercising again.
Powered by Apple Watch, the Apple Fitness+ offers a range of workout types for users with different preferences like HIIT, Strenght, Yoga, Threadmill, Cycling, Meditation, Time to Walk and Run (outdoor) sessions, and others created by professional trainers from around the world. New workout sessions are introduced every week up to 45 minutes long.