Do you need to know some ways to sneak in exercise since becoming a new mom? It isn’t as easy to get your workout in when you have a newborn but it can be done. It just takes a bit of creativity. I hope these ideas of ways to sneak in exercise are very helpful to you.
1. Take Baby for a Walk
This is one of the easiest and most pleasant ways to sneak in exercise with a newborn. Most babies are in a good mood when they are outdoors. This can even be a family activity. You could take a daily walk after dinner each evening. You get in quality time while getting some exercise.
2. Invest in a Jogging Stroller
If jogging is more your speed, a jogging stroller can make that happen. A jogging stroller is a special sort of stroller that allows the parent to jog without the baby feeling any jostling. You can jog to your heart’s content without having to find someone to watch your little one. Your baby can sleep or enjoy the ride. You may even find this is a great way to put your baby to sleep.
3. Exercise with DVDs at Naptime
Many a mother has gotten her workout in while her baby was sleeping. If you are lucky, you may even have days you can squeeze a workout in while your baby is awake and content. There is a wide selection of exercise DVDs that you can choose from for every level of expertise. There is also a lot of variety in the choices available to you. Try to choose something that you enjoy doing to help you stick to it.
4. Find a Gym with Childcare
Not very many mothers will be this fortunate but there are some gyms that offer childcare. This is a wonderful way for you to get your workout in while your baby is close by. It is also a great reason to get out of the house, something that new moms don’t often have. Exercising is good for you both mentally and physically. It lifts your spirits and helps you get rid of any stubborn baby weight that is refusing to budge.
5. Let Dad Take Care of Baby
Dads need time with babies the same as moms do. This gives them a chance to bond. Letting Dad take care of the baby while you slip away to the gym or for a run gives them that opportunity. You will feel better when you are giving your body adequate exercise. Dad will feel better having had one-on-one time with the baby. It is a win-win situation.
6. Exercise with Baby
While this isn’t always easy, it can be done. There are actually exercises that you can do using your baby as part of your exercise. You can look up some good examples of this sort of exercise on the internet. Most of them are very safe but if you have any concerns, of course you should check with your pediatrician. Your baby may have to be a certain age before this is an option; each exercise will vary. This is a way to get your workout in without having to leave your little one.
7. Sneak in Mini Workouts
You don’t have to exercise for a consecutive amount of time for the workout to count. It’s okay if you break it up into shorter sessions. This may be what works best for you. If you have to do ten minutes of your workout in the morning and the remaining thirty minutes later in the day, it still counts. This is true even if it is in five minute bursts. You are still getting your workout in.
These are 7 ideas to help you sneak in exercise with a newborn. How do you manage to do this? Share your secrets!