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  • Jun 21 2016

    7 WAYS TO FIND TIME TO EXERCISE AS A NEW MOM

     

    It’s Hot Tips Tuesday! This week’s HOT TOPIC is bite-size workouts for post-partum and toddler moms!

     

    SETTING EXERCISE AS A PRIORITY

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    As a new Mom, it’s milky times and nursery rhymes. Hunched over the bassinet or standing over the nursery crib. Activities on the floor and seemingly endless new chores. You know sleep should be a priority so sights are set on somehow getting in at least a minimum few hours each night – and we all know Moms are definitely not taking naps when their little one is, despite the recommended ‘wisdom’.

    With so much magic in the air, enveloped by the reality that you are now responsible for actively nurturing and supporting this tiny being, the one thing that is likely not on the top of a new Mom’s list is exercise. However, you may find that focusing on your breathing (deep breaths) plus making time for short bursts of exercise (10 minutes here and there) is a great addition to walks with baby in stroller and at the very least, better than nothing!

    There is enough evidence that exercise is good for re-energizing the body and brain, giving yourself a boost and helping build or re-build strength in muscles that have been asleep and need to get active again for what’s to come with your growing child.

     

     

    CHOOSING AN ACTIVITY YOU ENJOY

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    It’s important to find an activity that you enjoy and that somehow meshes with your lifestyle and schedule.

    If you enjoy what you do during your workout, you’ll view it as a necessity rather than an option. As a Mom with a little one – or little ones – at home, you need to find a movement modality paired with the right fit for what will get you motivated.

    For starters, consider one of:

    1. Walking or hikeing with your baby in a sling or front-carrier or, if he can sit up already, a backpack. The extra weight of the baby makes it as though you are walking with weights on!
    2. Ask for help and see if a caregiver or your partner can look after baby/tot for 30-60 minutes on set days so you can get outside for a power-walk plus soak up some precious time to yourself. If you’re back to work, try getting up about an hour before you need to leave in the morning and head to the gym or go for a walk or jog. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, get moving before your partner leaves to get some exercise in.
    3. See what local yoga studios or health clubs have on offer. Some clubs may offer a daycare service, a huge relief for any moms doing it on their own!
    4. When the weather cooperates, join a mom+baby stroller exercise program like or StrollerFit or BabyBootcamp. It’s a great way to get outside, exercise, meet other moms, and spend time with your baby.
    5. Crib Barre – A popular choice for new mamas: an easy way to strengthen, tone, and stretch while at the side of your baby’s crib. A fusion of ballet, yoga, and peek-a-boo’s makes this a fun exercise routine for you and your baby! All you need is a crib (or playpen) and 10 – 15 minutes a day to start looking and feeling great. Crib Barre can be practiced despite the weather, and without the need to pack and haul your baby out of the house (we all know the struggle!).
    6. Consider investing in some home exercise equipment that you can use when your baby is napping or otherwise occupied. Even something as small as a skipping rope, resistance bands, dumbbells or a mini trampoline will help you get into shape.
    7. Work it out at home – streamed video, exercise DVD, Wii Fit. If you’re on a budget, try searching online for free exercise videos or download an exercise app for your smartphone.

     

    We’d love to hear your favorite way(s) to work out as a post-partum or toddler Mum!!!  Share in the comments below

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