Fitness Friday: Throwback to one of my earliest blog posts to remind myself where I’ve been and where I’m going…
From the moment we squeeze our little bundles of joy through the birth canal (or the c-section incision in my case), we are faced with the daunting task of squeezing a million new responsibilities in our busy lives and squeezing back into our pre-pregnancy jeans. With all this squeezing going on, where does exercise fit? Here are some ideas I am currently working out. (pardon the pun)
- Active Play: In my opinion, this is ridiculously important for a number of reasons. #1: It allows for mama, baby bonding. #2: It allows us to slowly ease back into exercise after the trauma of child birth. #3 If you are able to go outside, the sun can do wonders for the baby blues (or the whole post partum enchilada for me). Active Play is an evolving skill. In the beginning, it may involve singing and dancing while cradling your young one, but before you know it, you will be ready to hit the swings and other equipment at the local park or yard. I like to make an adventure out of seeing all of the parks in my city and comparing the best and worst. Right now, Miles also loves the tickle monster out to get him as he crawls around the house, yard, or campsite. Even these small games can work up a sweat!
- Kinect (or other console): When you are ready to focus on a more regimented exercise program, I highly recommend the X-Box Kinect. If you’ll use it, the investment is well worth it! You can choose from a wide variety of games to suit your interests. For a fun workout, I like Dance Central, Zumba Fitness, and Kinect Adventures. For more serious cardio and weights, I like Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. I set up a cheap TV in the garage and I get to it after the baby goes down for bed at night. Working out at the end of a stressful workday, can be a lifesaver for the anxious type like me.
- That’s how I stroll: If you are just starting a running program, I recommend the Couch to 5K app. I have a pretty nice jogging stroller, so Miles can work on his Crib to 5K with me. When possible, I time my Saturday jog with Miles’s morning nap so that Dad can stay at home with him, while I get my LMFAO radio on. Stroller or solo, I ALWAYS feel better after a nice long run.
- Timing: Like most things in a busy mom’s life, it is all about timing. On the weekdays, I work out after 7pm when Miles goes to sleep for the night. This means, mostly Kinect or a quick run before the sun goes down in the summer months. Being consistent with the timing and sticking to my routine helps me to stay on track. When I get out of my routine for whatever reason, working out is one of the easiest things to drop.
What tips or tricks do you have for staying active as a busy mom?