10 Real Mom Tips for Finding Time to Work Out
We are all well aware of the benefits of exercise, both physical and mental. But, if you are a parent with a baby, finding time is easier said than done. You constantly have a tiny person in your arms or at your heels. When you want to be pumping iron, you are pumping milk. Instead of working on lifting your tush, you're wiping a baby one. It's not like it was pre-children anymore, when you had so much time to spend at the gym that after your cardio and weight workout you'd go to the fitness room and stretch. What the hell. Working out is great for weight management, and is a good way to relieve stress, fight depression and increase energy. And you need all those benefits when you have a baby. Here are some real mom tips for finding time to work out.
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Join a Gym Which Offers Childcare
Find a gym that offers childcare in a safe, clean area with qualified and friendly staff. Go take tours at the local gyms and check out their childcare situations. Find a good one, so that you can be comfortable leaving baby there for an hour while you go kick some butt on the stair climber for an hour. Some gyms allow you to pay per visit, others roll the cost into your monthly fee.
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Do Mommy and Me Yoga
Yoga is a great way to exercise while bonding with your little one. Nothing says, “I love you” to Baby more than a Downward Dog in her confused face. You can “Ommmm” with other parents at a Mommy-and-Me Yoga Class. Or you can “Namastay” at home, and do it there. There’s a great selection of Mommy and Me Yoga DVDs online at Amazon.
Workout While Baby's Napping
Baby nap time is a precious, and sometimes rare span of time filled with hopes and dreams, magic and wonderment. It’s the time of day when you can take a breather, sit in silence, and have the opportunity to get stuff done. Although you have a list of things vying to be addressed during naptime, use it (or at least part of it) to get a workout in. Pull out the workout DVDs or find workout videos on Netflix. Or, if you have exercise equipment at home, use it.
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Get in on a Stroller Workout Program
Put your little one in the stroller, get outside and meet up with other parents and their sweet baby rides for a cool approach to mommy-and-me or daddy-and-me workouts. These stroller-based workouts incorporate power walking, strength and toning exercises and activities for your baby, as well. Check out Stroller Strides or Baby Boot Camp.
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Swap Workout Time With Your Partner or a Friend
Give Baby to your partner for an hour, and catch a class at the gym or go for a run in the neighborhood. Or find a friend who has a baby and take turns watching the tykes and working out. Have limited time to get it all done? Use the baby-free time to run errands, but walk as much as you can when doing so.
Get In Mini-Workouts Throughout the Day
Do jumping jacks or run in place while Baby is having a snack in her high chair. Do leg lifts while she’s occupied with her favorite stacking toy. Lunge down the hallway with baby as added weight. No one can see you, and it all adds up. I make sure I do a set amount of sit-ups, push ups and squats every day. If staying fit is important to you, you’ll find a way to fit it in!
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Hire a Personal Trainer
If you just can’t seem to get to the gym or if you just can’t motivate on your own, try hiring a trainer to come to your house. There are trainers who focus on working with moms with little ones at home. They are skilled in focusing on the post-pregnancy problem areas and will patiently work around nap times and other baby-related demands.
Have a Dance Party With Your Baby
Try to fit in exercise of any kind, every day. Some days when I haven’t been able to make it to the gym and crappy weather has kept us indoors, I move it and shake it with baby girl at home. That hot club, with the snobby doorman and velvet ropes has nothing on our dance parties. We have dope beats, VIP status and endless bottle service.
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Find a Workout Buddy
Find a friend, another mom even, and motivate each other to find the time to workout. Meet up with your babies in their jogger strollers and go for a run, carpool to the gym together, have your significant others watch the babies while you workout. Sometimes finding the time to workout when you have a baby seems impossible. With a workout partner, you push each other to make the time and effort.
My 6 Favorite Post-Pregnancy Workouts
Getting back into shape after having a baby can be a daunting task. But, it can also be somewhat enjoyable. Working out and getting those endorphins flowing, fat burning and that blood pumping helps not only the body, but also the mind. And it also gives us a FREAKING break. Here are 6 of my favorite workouts that have lifted my spirits and my buns post-baby!
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