“Just” staying at home with your baby seems to be a relaxing job for an outsider who has no kids but it is far from being true. The house is a big chaos, you face lots of sleepless nights, you have no chance to work out in a fitness club not to mention paying a visit at the hairdresser or going out with friends….
Does it sound familiar? Having a baby is a really hard, 24/7 job! You are not the only mom, who feels that suddenly a little cute baby - who may not able to turn from one side to the other – holds the remote-control of your life. You feel lost between feeding and changing and cannot even think about your own personal needs.
However, if you find the way to recharge yourself both you and your family will benefit from it!
One thing that you may overlook during this overwhelming period is exercising. But believe me, finding time to move your muscles makes you feel fitter, more energized, helps to regain your shape and you will even have a better and more relaxing sleep. Start moving your body lightly and you can gradually increase the workload as you get in shape. And the great news is that you don’t necessary need to leave your baby when you are working out.
You can start exercising with him/her gently after the age of 3 months, always taking safety as a primary focus. Be creative and find new ways how you can use your little training partner. He/she will enjoy the up and down or the side-to-side moves as well as the rhythms of your movements. You can use your baby held in your arms as extra weight for leg exercises like squats, lunges, calf raise or lifting him/her to tone your arms and shoulders.
Here are some tips how you can keep fit even if you don’t have the chance to spend hours on working out:
1. Hold your baby in your arms or in a baby carrier and dance with him/her – your baby will enjoy it as much as you do! It may also help him/her to fall asleep!
2. Go out at least for an hour intense walk daily with pram, or baby carrier. Both of you will benefit from the positive effect of fresh air.
3. Hold your baby in your arms or in a baby carrier and gently do some squats and lunges. Be sure your baby is safely held and use support if you need to keep your balance.
4. Keep your baby in your hands and lift him/her up from your chest above your head then back. Repeat it 10-15 times, your baby will definitely enjoy it!
5. Try the Busy Moms’ Fitness app to integrate a 10-minute new mom & baby daily workout routine into your life with colorful bunch of exercises and get back in shape with the delicious but still healthy recipes!
Working out with your baby will not only help you keep fit, but will also create a strong physical and emotional connection between the two of you!
Remember, to be able to take the best care of your loved ones, first you have to take care of yourself!
If you are a new mom, before starting exercising, always consult with your OB/GYN!