Having a baby can make it challenging to get out for exercise. With your baby napping two to three times a day and limited time to get out on your own, those long gym sessions and jogs around the park that you enjoyed pre-pregnancy may seem like a thing of the past.
Nonetheless, regular physical activity is important for keeping you well and healthy, as well as for helping you to emotionally deal with motherhood. Exercise when you have a baby doesn’t have to be impossible. With a little creativity, you can still get the workout buzz you used to love, all without leaving the house.
Of course, before you start any form of exercise after you’ve had a baby, see your doctor for a full physical check and to get the all-clear to start working out again. And start slow if it’s been a while since you last exercised – your postpartum body has been through a lot and may not be as strong as it used to be.
Here are some ways you can tone up, regain fitness and increase your strength even when you’re housebound.
The great thing about Pilates is that you don’t need any fancy equipment to get the ball rolling, which means it can done virtually anywhere. Plus, it’s great for toning and strengthening your core, which includes your pelvic floor. In fact, you may be surprised at just how much strength this part of your body has lost over the last few months. Carrying life will do that to you. Pilates will help you strengthen up on the inside, and give you added flexibility and improved posture.
If you did Pilates in your pre-baby life, you’ll know the basics already, but if you’re a newbie, try to get along to a couple of classes before attempting short sessions at home.
2. Use an indoor trainer
Investing in an indoor trainer like the Tacx Flux indoor trainer can make cycling easier and more effective. The Tacx Flux indoor trainer is super quiet so it won’t wake the baby, plus you only need 20 minutes on it to get the benefits! That means you can probably squeeze in a shower right after, all before baby wakes up. It also uses fully interactive technology so you can feel like you’re out on the road, when you’re actually in the comfort of your living room catching up on TV. Win!
Don't let being stuck at home with bub stop you from getting in a bit of exercise! Here are a few great ways to get the workout buzz without even leaving the house.
Posted by Babyology on Monday, 27 November 2017
3. Baby wearing
Lots of young babies hate being put down and prefer to be held, which can make it hard for you to get anything done, much less a workout. Using a baby carrier can be an advantage, not just because it keeps bub happy and gives you your arms back, but the added weight of baby to your frame will help you burn extra calories. Just going about your business with your baby in a carrier will be a workout in itself, especially if you go up or down stairs or add some lunges to the mix.
4. Weight work
Don’t be fooled into thinking that weights are just for people who want big muscles, or that you even need dumbbells to get started. There are plenty of household items that will do the trick, like canned food, bags of rice, or even your baby. This sort of workout can be an effective way to tone up not just your arms but your whole upper body. If you’re new to weights, be sure to start slow with light weights and work your way up as you get stronger.
5. Backyard workout
Whatever the size of your backyard, it can be a mini-gym while your baby sleeps. A skipping rope will help you get your heart rate going, while lunges, squats and sit-ups can tone individual areas of your body. Check out YouTube for easy ways to create your very own circuit training set-up. The advantage of this sort of exercise is that it gives you some fresh air and the set activities can be short and sweet, so you can work out for as little or as long as you want.
6. Exercise videos
If you’re ready for some floor activity without leaving the house, an exercise video (again, try YouTube!) can be a good use of time when your baby is sleeping. Find something fun, get your activewear on and get physical. The advantage of workout videos is that they keep you active and engaged, give you direction, and have a set end time, so if you’re someone who needs the structure of a class, this could be a good option for you. And all without having to leave your house, or brush your hair for that matter!
If you love to dance, then switch off the TV and put on some tunes that you know always get you moving! Dancing gives you a full body workout that’s fun and great for your cardiovascular fitness. You can even carry your baby around and teach him some moves while you jiggle to your favourite beats. Dancing and music can be great for getting your heart pumping and making you feel energised, which is especially useful on those mornings when it’s hard to get things started.
(This is a sponsored post for Tacx Australia)