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Making Time, Not Excuses: How New Moms Can Get the Exercise They Need
Becoming a mother is one of the most glorious things that can happen to a woman. With that incredible joy though comes the undeniable difficulty of coping with a body that’s not so hot anymore. But moms need not fret too hard because where there is a will, there is a way.
So, what then? You think you’re too busy to get in a workout? You’ll need to change your tune. You make time for other things you enjoy so why not make time for your health? Your child depends on you to be healthy and strong.
It’s not easy, but no one ever said it would be. Nothing worth having is easy to get. This is so worth having. It’s time to stop making excuses and start taking steps in the right direction. Here’s how:
Even before your post-baby check-up, you can begin with something as simple as walking. Put your baby in the stroller and enjoy the beautiful fresh air together. It’s a simple way to spend time with your new baby and get some much-needed exercise.
Ride a bike
If you enjoyed riding your bike before your baby came along, why not start doing it again now? You can get special chairs that fix onto your bike or even get a trailer for baby to comfortably sit in.
Go to the gym
If you’re already a member of a gym, you might want to start taking advantage of their childcare classes while you exercise. But if your gym doesn’t have that or you don’t want to leave a newborn with an unfamiliar person, have your spouse or another relative watch the baby while you break free for an hour. You need time for yourself and while exercising isn’t as fun as having a glass of wine, you’ll truly be happy that you’ve made the time to take care of you.
Workout at home
This is one of the best options for getting back in shape after baby. Many moms choose this route because they can work in a workout any time, night or day, while the baby naps or while someone else keeps watch in the other room. You can use a video (there’s tons of free ones on YouTube) or you can make up your own strength training workouts by using exercise charts. What frustrates many new moms though is that they don’t think they have time to work out. Sometimes, your baby will wake while you’re in the middle of exercising. Sure, you’ll have to stop but you can start again any time. Exercise is still effective even if you workout 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there for a total of 20 minutes. It’s certainly better than not doing anything about it at all.
When it comes to getting back in shape after your baby, you’re the only one holding you back. Stop being hard on yourself and get busy today.