All moms want their bodies back after baby, but most have trouble fitting it in. Here are some ideas for fitness at any stage of motherhood:
Newborn – 1 year: Fit fitness into nooks and crannies of the day. This is a great stage for mommy and baby workouts. For example, you can chest press with baby or do reverse curls with baby on your legs. You can also get a great workout with baby in a front pack carrier. Squats and lunges are even more effective with the added baby weight! A stroller workout is a great way to get in shape and get some fresh air. Add intensity to your walks or jogs by taking more hills and by doing some strength intervals. You can squat and lunge behind your stroller. Want more ideas? Try a stroller workout like Stroller Strides.
1 – 3 years: Stroller workouts are still great for this stage. As your baby gets bigger, you’ll get stronger! Your toddler will love to imitate you working out so don’t be afraid to pop in a workout video. They just might want to join you.
3 – 5 years: : Your little one is more mobile and you can be too. Go for a run as you push them along on a bike. Or, play red light green light and tag at the park. The playground is a great place to workout. Do some step ups, push ups and dips at the park bench.
6+: From here on, anything is possible. There are lot’s of sports that you can play with your kids. Try tennis, karate or yoga. Create a circuit workout at the park for you and your family. If your child plays a team sport, use that time to go for a run around the field or do your own workout.
No matter your stage of motherhood, fitness is a gift for you and your family. YOU need the strength for motherhood! And they need to learn from you that fitness is an important part of daily life and can be fit in to a busy life!