One of the hardest parts of being a new mom is finding time to workout while still caring for your baby. As a former athlete and coach, I struggled finding a way to get a good workout since I was used to taking one to two hours to get a complete workout that included cardio, strength, and stretching. As a new mom, a good workout became of the many activities competing for my small amounts of free time. My solution became to workout throughout the day and to make my baby a part of my workout.
Get Your Cardio Workout in While Your Baby or Toddler Watches TV Whether you have Elmocize or any Wiggles video in your DVD player, you can use your child’s dance video as your own. While the cardio may not be as intense as a spinning class, you don’t have to worry since low intensity cardio burns pure fat anyway. The intensity level can be increased by adding small wrist and ankle weights or a small step. You also get the encouragement of your child being thoroughly entertained by your jumping, clapping, and dancing when he or she gets bored with the images on the screen.
Purchase a Jogging Stroller or Bike Trailer Take your baby along when you get a chance to go for a walk or a bike ride and commit to walking to certain locations within walking or biking distance rather than resorting to the car. At first, consider anything under a mile within walking distance and anything less than two miles within biking distance. Have a separate diaper that is always packed and ready in the bottom of the stroller with diapers, wipes, waters, snacks, and juice.
Use Your Baby as a Weight Strap your baby securely into your baby carrier and work on lunges, calf raises, and squats. Hold on to the back of a sturdy chair or a counter for balance since the baby will throw off your center of balance. Chant “Up…Down…Up…Down” as you go, helping to give your baby an early head start on concepts. For an abs workout, lie on your back in sit up position and rest your child against your legs so her head is at your knees and her body is supported by your lower legs. With both hands on her and your tummy tucked in, raise her up in the air while keeping your knees at a 90 degree angle and using your abdominal muscles to do the lifting. To work out your oblique muscles, hold your baby securely in your arms and twist at your waist, while keeping your hips in the same place. In all of these exercises, as your baby gains weight, the intensity of the exercise will naturally increase.