The New Year is here and I know many of you are thinking about resolutions. Of course one of the most common is to lose weight or get healthier for this year! Those of use that still have some baby (or toddler) weight to lose are probably looking to shed a few pounds and build up our endurance to keep up with our little one’s abundant energy. The biggest challenge parents find is time! How can I get away from my baby long enough to get a workout in? Here are some great ideas and resources for working fitness into your life that involve your baby!
Many gyms and yoga studios offer Mommy and Me classes. If you have a young, immobile baby Mommy and Me Yoga is a great place to start. Not only is yoga a fantastic, gentle exercise to ease back into fitness while your body is recovering from pregnancy and birth, it is wonderful for babies as well. These classes usually incorporate stretches for the parent and infant massage and stretches to help their little bodies unfold.
For those that prefer to work out at home, check out this wonderful circuit workout. This mom has adjusted common strength exercises so that they can be done safely with baby in a carrier. Put your baby in your favorite wrap and get your workout in while snuggling a sleeping, or giggling, baby! Win-win!
There is even a babywearing workout video! Simply called The Babywearing Workout™, this was created by a mama who needed a way to get into shape without leaving her baby behind. She put together this short 30 minute workout that can be done anywhere and put it out there so all mamas can benefit. It’s available for download on her website!
I hope some of these ideas help you have a fantastic and healthy 2015 for you and your little one!