So the big topic after you give birth is losing the baby weight. Everyone gushes about how great the new mom looks for a couple of months or so, which makes her feel really good for awhile until she realizes — of course she looks great, she no longer has an 8-lb. child residing in her uterus. Then she starts thinking about eating healthier and exercising more, which goes great until maternity leave is over and reality hits.
Who really has time to exercise? New parents have a 3- or 5- or 7-month-old baby who is taking up all of their time, and their personal fitness level is now waaaaaay down at the bottom of the list of priorities.
Not to worry — I have you covered with your very own, personalized workout routine to fit your lifestyle. Here are some workouts that you can do every day! They are even more effective if you do them multiple times each day, including at least twice during the night!
1. Baby Lifting: The easiest move for beginners. Simply pick your baby up! You should do it when he/she is crying, happy, hungry, or tired. Repeat at least 500 times per day to start. When the baby gets bigger, your toned muscles will thank you! Bonus: You can work those triceps once Baby is a little older by lifting him or her over your head. Your reward will be giggles!
2. Breastfeeding Yoga: This is only for parents with older babies (4 months +). If you are breastfeeding your baby, this exercise will tone your muscles and train your mental focus. Your baby will help you by completing his or her own yoga moves while staying latched to your nipple. Your part is to stay peaceful and centered to allow your little one to complete the feeding with plenty of milk. Recommended 6-8 times per day.
3. Fetch!: This exercise is also for parents with older babies. Your mischievous little one will enjoy dropping things on the floor around the age of 7-8 months. He or she will then expect you to pick the item up lest you be greeted with a fierce roar of indignation. Repeat ad infinitum. You can add a squat here to tone those hamstrings!
4. Housewalking: Housewalking is a new exercise trend in which you, well, walk around your house while doing things. You and your baby can participate in this trend, too! This is recommended for parents with younger infants who dislike sleeping at night. To do the exercise, walk/bounce/dance/shush around the house for hours on end while your little one fusses in your arms. Best done between the hours of 11 PM and 2 AM.
5. Babywearing: Babywearing is another fun trend that you and your infant can participate in. Simply find a carrier that you and your baby both enjoy and pop your munchkin right into it. Babywearing is great for bonding and gives you amazingly sleek back muscles. You can also add squats here to work your thigh muscles!
There you have it! Fitness is not a distant dream for exhausted new parents. Try these workout moves every day, and your athletic prowess will amaze your friends and family!