Are you trying to get in shape with a new baby? Getting fit can be hard at any time of your life, but motherhood throws extra challenges at you. How can you find time to exercise when you’re sleep-deprived and your baby constantly needs you?
Work out at home with your baby
Combine special connection time with some basic exercises like squats, pushups and plank.
Hold your baby against your chest when you’re squatting. As your fitness level grows, so will your baby and you’ll be adding extra weight to your workout naturally.
To do pushups, lay your baby on a mat on the floor floor and get yourself in a pushup position above her (on your knees or in full plank position, depending on your strength). Then start doing your pushups and give your baby a kiss every time you go down.
Planks are excellent for your core stability and, similarly to pushups, you can do them facing your baby and making eye contact with her.
Walking is a great, gentle way to keep active and calm your baby at the same time. If you don’t feel like doing it on your own, join or start a group for mothers who want to walk.
Go to mum-and-bub exercise classes
These vary from mum-and-bub yoga to gym workouts, to outdoor training programs and will give you the additional benefit of meeting other mums in your area and supporting each other in your efforts to get in shape.
Be gentle with yourself
Remember that your body took 9 months to grow during pregnancy and don’t get disheartened if you haven’t lost your baby weight within a month or two. Take your time to get in shape and focus on feeling stronger and healthier instead of that number on the scale. Getting back to your pre-baby weight will come in its own time as a side benefit.
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