We know the feeling. After a long day of taking care of the baby, or working at the office, or even doing both – the very last thing on the planet that you want to do is workout. Hey, even as a single lady without a care in the world it was tough to get the motivation and energy to hit the gym. We hear you and we definitely know where you’re coming from.
The thing is you’ll feel 110% better if you find the time in your schedule to be more active. Not only will you look better, you’re sure to feel more confident and energized in the long run. If you have the luxury of getting some alone time to go to the gym, a yoga class or another activity, by all means take advantage of it and enjoy some “you” time! Goodness knows you deserve it! On the other hand, if you’re looking for some ideas and tips for working out when you’re on baby duty – this blog post is especially for you! Just in time for bathing suit season, let’s get fit with our little ones!
Option 1: The baby as a weight workout
All of that bouncing up and down and side to side at 2am gets tiring on the arms, right? Why not use the weight of your little one during the days to keep building strength and burning calories? There are countless moves you can try with baby that will be a fun way to play with him and her while building your endurance. Our only recommendation is to try these when baby is happy and awake, yet fairly mellow. You don’t want a little wiggle worm to wiggle right out of your hands during some of these…
Option 2: The classic baby stroller trot
It’s finally warming up outside so it’s the perfect opportunity for some sun and walk/jog/run around the block. Consider keeping a handy, mini to-go bag tucked in the stroller or in your gym bag that has the baby essentials so you can hit the road running on a whim. When it’s easy to get out of the house in a jiffy, you’ll be more likely to spontaneously go for a jog (and you’ll have less time to talk yourself out of a workout!) Check out this link for a great article about how to pick the right jogging strollers.
Option 3: The tiny tricks here and there
Lastly, simply try to keep fitness in the back of your mind at all times. It’s tempting to park in the closest spot to the store, but make it a goal to park further away every once in a while. When you’re putting groceries away or doing laundry, do some bicep curls with canned goods or the laundry detergent (those bottles can be heavy!) Start with two sets of 15 on each side and work up to doing more. Try a few squats while cleaning or do some (quiet) jumping jacks during nap time. If you’re still nursing and feeling adventurous, some women nurse while sitting on an exercise ball to engage the core muscles – give this a go or simply sit on the ball while holding the baby. A little at a time can really pay off in the end. It’s a great way to pass the time if you’re home during the day and a fun way to relieve stress.
Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to you! We’d love to hear about your fitness journey while caring for a new baby. Share your photos with us on Instagram and Facebook, and of course, don’t hesitate to email us with any questions or just to say hello!
xoxo, New Little Wonders