Let’s face it. As moms, we tend to put our needs last on the list. But we still need to take care of ourselves. For me, I need exercise. It is part of my sanity to fit back into pre-baby jeans and have a release of some kind. With one baby, I seemed to still satisfy this need easily. Enter baby 2, and I’m still overweight and sitting here in my “I just had a baby jeans.” Regardless, there are some ways you can incorporate exercise into your life with babies. Here are some great exercises to try this summer.
Run, Jog, Walk:
For me, having a jogging stroller has been a blessing. With one baby, we used it all of the time. I got in a good run and she got in some entertainment at the park. Now with two, I have a double jogger. It’s a beast to push and run, but I’m working on it. Take your baby with you to a park, walk your local downtown neighborhood, or just check out your street you live on. Walk, jog, or run. Do what is easiest for you. Remember that baby needs to have good head control before placing him in a jogging stroller. I waited until after 6 months with both of my kids. Don’t forget a sippy cup filled with water and some water for you, too. Stay hydrated and get in a good workout.
Wear Your Baby:
If you are just super busy and don’t have the time, put your baby in a carrier like a Tula or Boba and get some errands checked off your list. Wearing your baby on the front will be a workout. For me, bending down while babywearing is not an easy task. Try doing squats and lunges with baby in tow. Do them outside in a grassy area where you can get some Vitamin D.
Put baby on your back and go for a hike with a friend or loved one. Wear comfortable walking shoes and remember sunscreen for baby. My son Levi instantly falls asleep while being worn on my back.
Take Your Workout Outside:
You can use a stroller to increase your activity. Besides just walking, use your stroller to get more calories burned. You can do squats and lunges while holding onto your stroller. Just remember to hang onto your handle. Try going up hill and getting more of a workout, too. Not easy but worth it!
Also try doing push-ups or sit-ups on a blanket or mat outside. Baby will love to sit and watch you. For an added weight, hold your baby while you complete each repetition.
If you have access to a swimming pool, take baby for a swim. The simple motion of lifting and lowering your baby towards the water is a great arm workout. Plus, babies love the water. The bonus is awesome bonding time.
Classes and Home Workouts:
Try finding a class that offers mommy-and-me options. Yoga can be done safely with baby in a baby carrier. Classes that are tailored towards mom and baby needs are great for you both! You can use your baby as a weight and experiment with ab exercises too. Just remember to keep your safety and baby’s safety a top priority. If all else fails, pop in a dvd and pray for nap time!
Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two little ones in Northeast Indiana. After writing this blog, she is inspired to get to the Y in the morning!