Adding a little bundle of joy to your life is magical!
It’s also completely exhausting and overwhelming (in the best way possible, of course).
One of the hardest things to do once your baby makes his or her debut into this world is just figuring out how to now do all of the things that you used to do before baby.
Fitting in fitness is just one of those many things that you probably had figured out pretty well before you started your family, but now you’re finding it to be nearly impossible.
Here are my top 3 tips for how to start fitting fitness back into your life post-baby:
Find what motivates you and leverage it!
Is it a new outfit? Money? Manicures? A workout partner? Mommy-and-me classes? The extra energy boost? Being healthy for your new little one?
Every mama is different, so figure out what it is that gets you off your butt even when you’re tired and it’s dark and cold out.
Once you know what that motivator is for you, put reminders around your house (on your phone, on your fridge, by your alarm clock, etc.) so that it’s there to motivate you whenever you need it.
Now that you’re a mama, workouts and exercise are probably going to look a lot different for you than they did before your little bundle arrived.
Instead of being stuck in your pre-baby ways, (“I MUST get in a 5 mile run every morning!”) it’s all about being creative and flexible.
Remember that exercise can come in so many different forms and can happen in small chunks throughout the day.
One day it may be a run with the jogging stroller, but the next day it may be doing pushups and lunges with your baby as the weight!
YouTube is an incredible resource for free fitness videos of all kinds.
There are streams that show you fitness moves you can do with your babies, and there are apps that allow you to create a custom workout for exactly what you want. (The SworkitApp has amazing reviews.)
Just because your new diaper-friendly budget doesn’t also happen to be gym-friendly, and just because your workout time is restricted to when your baby is napping, doesn’t mean that you can’t still fit in some fitness every day if you want to.
Bonus: Your baby may find watching you and the fitness video so entertaining that you don’t have to restrict workout time only to while they nap.
Here are a few of our fave free online workouts:
An 8 minute workout from Tone it Up
An 11 minute Tone It Up workout for your abs
A full body barre workout you can do at home
Kimberly Hoye is a mama and health coach at Health and Happiness Connection.