There are many ways you can include baby in your exercise routine and some practical alternatives as well. For many moms, it is difficult to get outside help in so they can exercise. Once you’ve had the all-clear from your doctor you should start carving out some time to focus on your fitness. It means being a bit creative and finding ways to fit exercise and baby into your daily routine.
The key is to break it down into something manageable that you know you will be able to keep up on a long-term basis. It may take some trial and error to find a schedule that works well for you and your little one but with perseverance you will get there. It is important to persist with building up an exercise programme even though it may feel like the last thing you want to do. Regular exercise will help you to cope much better with the demands of parenthood and make you feel better about yourself as well.
This is usually the easiest way to get some exercise with your little one in tow. Plan a brisk walk or light jog after baby has been fed and changed. That way they are less likely to be unsettled while you are exercising. Remember to start slow with your exercise programme and build up the pace and length of your exercise programme as you go. The other benefit of pram-based exercise is that your little one is getting a great dose of fresh air and the movement of the pram is often highly beneficial to an unsettled baby.
In the early months your baby will love snuggling up on your chest while you take the opportunity to get outside for a brisk walk. It’s a quick and easy way to get your heart rate up and build up some muscle base at the same time. Remember that you mustn’t overdo it and to take your time building up fitness, especially if you are carrying your little one.
This is a fantastic way to get a really good workout without needing a sitter. There are lots of great exercise DVDs available and the instructors will usually have varying degrees of intensity in their workouts. You can choose the level of difficulty most suitable for you and build up from there. You can do the DVD first thing in the morning or you may prefer to schedule your workout when baby has their morning nap instead.
If you have a local Mothers’ group it is worth chatting with them and scheduling some group exercise. The chances are they will be in the same situation as you and you can plan walks or jogs together. Group exercise can often be very beneficial, as you are likely to work out harder and be able to have a chat as well.