A lot of new mums can’t wait to get rid off their baby weight and look for ways to exercise with their baby or incorporate exercise into their busy routine and I thought I’d share some ideas with you. Before we dive in, I’d like to point out that I’m definitely no fitness expert or personal trainer and that I am yet to to lose my baby weight (yes, almost 5 years later!), but hey, in theory we all know what we should do – it’s the motivation that’s the issue, right?
Before you get started with whatever form of exercise you choose to do, it’s crucial to have a look at your workout gear. Don’t panic, you won’t need to spend a fortune on any high-tech workout clothes, but a good sports bra and appropriate shoes will really make a difference. I love Skechers as they’re super comfy and pretty (nothing wrong with wanting both, ladies), but obviously it’s whatever works for you.
Now that you’ve got your outfit sorted, it’s all about finding the time and motivation to exercise and that’s probably where the trouble starts for most new mums, because let’s face it: as a new mum you’re tired – very tired and not just in the morning. You’re tired all day, every day – probably for the next year and a half or longer and that’s why it’s important to find something that is easy to maintain and integrate into your every day routine. If you have to go out of your way to exercise, you’re more likely to ditch your workouts, so keep it simple.
Watch an exercise DVD or follow a fitness tutorial on YouTube during your kid’s nap. If you’re more of an outdoor person, grab your pram or double buggy (if you’ve got more than one child) and take a brisk walk or jog in the park. Need a little bit of extra motivation? Join a mum and baby class and exercise with other new mums. It’s always great to make new mum friends and get out of the house. Plus, you can motivate each other and don’t have to worry about anyone judging your mum tum.
What did you do to lose your baby weight and how did you keep yourself motivated?
This is a post with image from Michael Salvalto and Monoc Paul via Flickr.