No matter how fit you were before or during your pregnancy, bouncing back after having a baby can be a challenge. And not only do you have to wait 6-8 weeks before you have the clear to go ahead and sweat it up, but you might now be wondering when the hell will you find the time to even exercise now that your on mommy duty 24/7?
Fear not because there are ways you can still squeeze in a workout—even with a newborn.
Newborn Workout Tip #1: Sweat While They Sleep
Some lucky ladies are blessed with babies that do nothing but sleep and eat. The rule as a new parents is when that baby sleeps, YOU sleep. But once you get into your routine, you may want to carve out one of those nap times for a quick cardio session.
Make this time a time for YOU. After all, a healthy and happy momma can then in turn take care of a happy and healthy baby. So if that means going to the gym for an hour when you know your little will be out like a light, do it. Even better if you have a treadmill at home.
This is also the perfect time to whip out those Insanity DVDs or your workout videos of choice.
Newborn Workout Tip #2: Walk With The Stroller
It is the winter, so those living in cold climates are kind of SOL on this one. But even the east coast has seen some warmer weather lately, a perfect chance for you and baby to get some fresh air.
Take that stroller out and go for a walk around your neighborhood. Being outside for just a brisk 20-30 minute walk can really boost your mood. Not to mention many babies knock out during the ride, so this is perfect if baby is a little fussy mid-day.
Too cold? Plan an outing at the mall to stroll around.
Newborn Workout Tip #3: Tummy Time Planks
It’s important to start a tummy time routine with you newborn so they can start building up muscles in their arms, neck and back to be able to do things like hold their head up, roll over, sit up and crawl.
While baby works on his or her muscles, work on yours. Since you should ALWAYS supervise tummy time, get into plank position and talk to baby, encouraging them while you tighten those abs.
Newborn Workout Tip #4: Crunches And Airplanes
Since you are already on the floor, use this as playtime with a fitness incentive. Hold your baby while you get some crunches in, holding them up to your face as you play airplane with them. This will turn into a fun game for them, while you work on the midsection we are all conscious about post-baby.
Newborn Workout Tip # 5: Baby Squats
As your baby grows, you soon will be running after them. For the meantime, the older they get (and the more you don’t feel like they are fragile little beings), you can use them as weights and work out those glutes. With baby in hand, drop it like it’s hot (your butt, that is) and get some squats in with baby.
What is your favorite way to squeeze a workout in while taking care of your baby? Let me know in the comments below!
Photo: slgckgc | Flickr