Next to all the new chores you get once you have a child, from taking care of their hygiene to trying to maintain your own, it can be hard to find the time for your own workout routine. And it gets even harder once you get back to work. So, it’s easy to see why many new moms put their own needs last – but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a bit of organization and creativity, you can do anything you set your mind to, even work out. For example, there are ways to include your baby in your exercise routine – and here’s how.
Walk whenever you can
Put your baby in the stroller and get walking. If the weather is nice, you can hit the park or simply stroll around your city. Or, you can explore your local mall or supermarket. Additionally, you can also find stroller-based classes, where you can make some new friends who can motivate you and perhaps even give you some advice if it’s your first time being a mom. You can do the same with a large carrier if you don’t want to push the stroller all the way. Just make sure your baby is safe – you can’t exactly jog with them until they gain some neck control, but you can always walk.
Experiment with yoga and Pilates
Both yoga and Pilates can improve your strength and flexibility, and it can be great for the baby as well. Once your bundle of joy is about 4-5 months old, you can try some mat exercises. There are many that target your abs, which might come in handy after pregnancy, and there are also many that can improve your arm strength and make holding your baby much easier. Moreover, you can also sign up for yoga classes for moms and babies and meet some new moms there too.
Hiking in nature is also an option, but there are some things to consider before you opt for this kind of exercise. For starters, keep in mind your baby’s temperament. If they tend to be fussy, you might want to keep the hikes shorter than 30 minutes. Also, if your baby is still young, make sure to use a quality front carrier for the necessary neck support. Having a quality baby carrier, in general, is a must, especially when you’re using it a lot and being active. Also, don’t forget to pack some snacks, drinks, and diapers, and plan your hike in advance. Choose either early morning or late afternoon for your hike, to avoid direct sunlight, and make sure to dress properly for the weather.
Get in the pool
Swimming is fun and great for both you and your baby. You’ll love feeling lighter after all those months of feeling heavy, and your baby will enjoy splashing water around them. Plus, exercising in the water with your baby is easy – you can lift them up and lower them back in, you can practice floating, or you can do some simple flexibility exercises. Not to mention that your baby will learn how to swim much faster if you introduce them to the water early, so there’s one more benefit of exercising with your baby in the pool. Just make sure to keep an eye on them at all times, as safety always comes first.
Balance on one leg
Pregnancy can sometimes mess with your balance, so a good exercise to try is standing on one leg while holding your baby. Your ankles might shake at first because your joints will be weaker, but in time, you will get stronger, and your joints will stabilize. Once you master that, you can also try the tree pose – bend the knee of the lifted leg, and bring the sole of the bent leg to the inside of the leg you’re standing on. Then repeat on the other side. In time, this can improve both your balance and strength.
Many new moms struggle with getting in shape after having a baby, and they often stress out over it simply because they can’t find the time to exercise. However, exercising is still possible without leaving your baby behind – all you need is a quality carrier, a bit of creativity, and motivation. So, think about the listed suggestions, and try those that seem the most appealing to you.