Can You Get Fit With Baby in Tow?
By Genevieve Cunningham
Having a baby changes everything. Some things -- such as snuggling and nap time -- become so much sweeter. Other things -- like housework and laundry -- become so much more difficult. And then there are a few things that seem just about impossible -- like exercise and personal time. But these last two, exercise and personal time, become even more important after baby. So how do you squeeze it in? For a little personal time, drop the baby with Grandma or a good friend. And for exercise? You can totally add baby in the mix! If you need to incorporate your baby into your workout, take a look at these easy ways to do it.
Invest in a Good Stroller
If you have a little one, you need a good stroller. It makes life so much easier! And when it comes to exercise, it can absolutely make or break your routine. A good stroller is lightweight and rolls easily. If you like to jog, make sure that yours is made for running (three wheels). If you just want to walk, any kind of stroller will do. Once you find one you like, strap baby in, put on some supportive shoes, and get moving. You'll get a good workout while you push the stroller and baby, and baby will love rolling along.
Use the Baby in Your Workout
If your baby is a little bigger, you may be able to use them in your workout. Squatting? Pick up that baby. You'll be adding 15 or 20 pounds to your squat. Doing push-ups? Lay baby down on a mat and push down toward baby and back up (safely, of course!). Your baby will think it's hilarious. If you're determined, you can make it work. Get creative, and you can keep your workout difficult while keeping baby entertained.
Take a Break
Don't forget that there's nothing wrong with dropping baby off and going solo. It might give you a much needed break. If you have family or friends nearby, ask them to watch your little one for an hour. Most people would be more than happy to help. If you're not fortunate enough to have good friends nearby, join a gym with a nursery. The nursery workers will be background checked, trained, and experienced. While you can definitely add baby into the mix, it's OK to take time for yourself too. Ultimately, do whatever works for you.
Having a baby is hard enough. You're going to need your strength and energy to keep up! Use these tips to keep your workout going even after baby arrives. With a little creativity and some determination, you can get in the best shape of your life.
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