Keeping fit is no easy feat, and it’s especially difficult when you have babies or toddlers in tow. Exercising with a baby may require a little extra imagination, but it’s certainly possible. Try out these tips and watch the post-baby weight melt away.
Wear Your Baby
Baby wraps and carriers are an absolute godsend in those early months. They let you get things done while your baby rests contentedly against you, and can even help your baby relax and fall asleep during difficult colicky phases. Baby wraps are also perfect for heading out and getting some exercise after giving birth.
Wrap your baby close to your chest, put on your favorite comfortable sneakers and go for a long walk every day. Not only will this help clear your foggy new mom brain and give you a chance to unwind, walking can also gradually work off those pregnancy pounds.
Invest In A Jogging Stroller
If you want to get your heart rate up but can’t leave the baby with a sitter, consider buying a specially designed jogging stroller. These strollers have large, sturdy wheels that give your baby a smooth ride while you run, and you can even take them on bumpy paths or to the beach. Once you have a stroller that’s fit for a run, there will be no excuse to stop you jogging.
Get A Baby Backpack
If you loved to hike before having a baby, there’s no reason that you can’t keep hitting the trails with your little one. Baby backpacks strap your baby to your back while you hike, leaving your hands free so that you can both get out into nature and explore your local trails.
These backpacks can be used into the toddler years so they’re a great investment, and your little one will love seeing the sights while riding on your back. The extra weight makes you work a little harder, so you’ll burn off more calories than you would if you were walking alone.
Try Out Home Videos
Getting to the gym can be virtually impossible when you have a baby, but there are plenty of ways to get in shape from the comfort of your own living room. There are tons of websites online offering free workout videos that you can follow along, often with no equipment required. Buy a couple light free weights and a resistance band and you’ll be well equipped to take on any home workout. You can also buy fitness DVDs that will help you work up a sweat while your baby naps- Pilates and yoga DVDs are ideal for toning up after childbirth.
Find A Child-Friendly Gym
Some people prefer to work out at the gym- it offers a motivating environment and plenty of equipment to help you get back in shape. Gyms may not seem like the most baby-friendly places, but there are sometimes facilities available to drop your little ones off while you fit in a quick workout.
Look around for a gym with childcare facilities that seem clean, trustworthy and fun- just make sure you ask for a few trial sessions first to make sure that your child feels comfortable waiting for you there.
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