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Working Out With Baby: How to Do It Safely

Working out with baby in tow is a new kind of challenge. Many women are finding that the added weight of a baby makes working out harder than ever. Luckily, however, it can be done even if it’s difficult. With an extra 20 or 30 pounds, it’s more important than ever to watch your form and protect yourself from injury. Check out these tips for getting in a safe and effective workout with your precious little one along for the ride.

Stay on Flat Surfaces

Whether you like to bike, jog, or walk, when you have a baby on board, try to remain on flat surfaces to prevent injury. While it can be tempting to use elevated surfaces or inclines to get a little extra burn, this is actually putting you and your baby at risk. It’s hard to see around baby and whatever device you have him or her strapped into. Instead of trying to guess the terrain, choose a smooth flat surface that provides little to no obstacles. You’ll still be getting a great workout while keeping baby and yourself safe.

Watch the Temperature

When you’re lugging around extra weight, you are going to feel the temperature and get overheated much more quickly. Temperatures that are too warm or too cold also put your baby at risk. Make sure you keep a close eye on temperatures that might dip too far one way or the other. You should also make sure that you have plenty of protection for the both of you, and a plentiful amount of hydration to keep you and baby healthy and safe.

Stretch

When you’re going to be pushing or carrying around an extra person, it’s massively important to stretch it out. Just the simple act of adding weight will have your body working harder than ever. Stretch before and after every workout to prevent injury and maximize benefits. Skipping this step will keep your muscles and tendons tight, often resulting in poor form and more injuries.

See a Chiropractor

Seeing a chiropractor can do a lot in injury prevention. Pushing around and carrying baby can put a lot of pressure on your back and neck. Seeing a chiropractor regularly may help you work out any kinks caused by baby and prevent further injury from lugging him or her around. They may be able to perform spinal manipulation to keep your spine aligned, and the pain far away.

To get help from a chiropractor, walk into The Joint...the Chiropractic Place anytime. With walk-in appointments and affordable pricing, moms and dads everywhere may be able to protect their bodies from fatigue and strain. Baby doesn’t have to mean an end to your workouts. With proper planning, both you and baby can have a great workout experience.

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