Here I have a guest post for you from the lovely Samara who blogs over at Tiny Fry
. She is sharing with you some tips for working out with a baby. I didn’t even think about anything like that when Ben was young but these are great tips. Let me know what you think and if you have any further tips to add.
Getting Back on Track
If you’ve got the itch to get back to the gym after baby, there are some things to consider before hopping back on the treadmill. While stretching and toning your muscles is recommended, be mindful of doing too much too soon. Not only has your daily schedule shifted to include your newest family member, but your body has morphed too. With this in mind:
So how do you jumpstart an exercise routine with baby in the picture? Here are 10 tips to get you going.
Now that your time and energy are limited, you won’t want to commit to anything you don’t enjoy. So find an activity that you look forward to doing
, whether it’s jogging, yoga, weight training, or taking vigorous walks in your neighbourhood.
With a baby in the house, you never know what the day will bring! Morning exercise is the way to go, before the hours slip away and you’ve got too much on your to-do list. Not only will you feel accomplished for getting the workout out of the way (maybe even before anyone else wakes up!), you’re body and mind will be in good shape for the daily challenges.
If you’re feeling cooped up, load baby into a jogging stroller and get your run on! Check out programs in your neighbourhood where moms with babies gather outdoors to exercise together. If you don’t feel like joining a crowd, strap baby into a front carrier and enjoy hiking trails or walking the city streets.
Take a walk to the local playground and after swinging baby to sleep, take a turn on the jungle gym! While your little one naps in the stroller
, give the monkey bars a go, try chin-ups on the bars, or launch into jumping jacks. Before you plop down to rest, do a set of triceps-push ups on a bench.
Treat your workout like an appointment. Write it on your calendar
or to-do list and treat it as a commitment. You’ll be more apt to stick to a routine if you approach it as a non-negotiable event.
If you’re working out early in the morning, designate an exercise area in your home. This doesn’t have to be a big space, just room for a yoga mat
, a jump rope or a set of weights. There are plenty of sites online or DVDs that will lead you through yoga or aerobic routines. What’s more, sweating it out at home is a perfect option for moms on a budget!
Don’t Sweat It
If you’re working out at home, there’s no need to worry about looking your best while you sweat. You need to be able to move around comfortably, and if that means exercising in your pyjamas, so be it. Save your wardrobe woes for when you’ve got more time and energy on your hands.
There’ll be times when your child just won’t leave your side when you’re all set to work out. When this happens, consider striking a deal. You could offer to prepare a special breakfast after you finish exercising, or maybe allow an extra 30 minutes of screen time. The trick is to be OK with an occasional bribe if it allows you to meet your exercise goal.
If it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get the housework done and a decent workout, enlist a family member, a friend or hire a service to help you complete your chores. There is no shame is asking for help; more often than not, folks are happy to step up.
Explain to your family that your designated exercise time is non-negotiable and you are “off limits” during that brief window. If you don’t have to worry about being interrupted or being on call, you’re more likely to fully engage in your workout. Seek out an exercise buddy, another mom who’s getting back into shape, so you can share your challenges and celebrate milestones. Ask your buddy to hold you accountable for your work out goals.
Healthy is Happy
Whether you’ve always been an athlete or this is your first attempt at getting fit, there are ways to incorporate exercise into your mom routine. It may seem like a long haul, but it’s worth it. You’ll strengthen muscles, improve cardio, increase energy and decrease stress. Before long, you’ll look forward to your me-time and we bet you’ll soon encourage other moms to follow your example. Without a doubt, a happy, healthy mom is primed and ready to tackle whatever baby (and family) throw her way.
A Bit about the Author
Samara Kamenecka is a New York-born freelance writer and translator living in Madrid. When she’s not busy trying to mold her two kids into functional, contributing members of society, she can usually be found enjoying a glass of wine (or three), or eating ice cream straight out of the container. You can find her blogging over at Tiny Fry
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