As a new mom, it's important to take care of yourself. And if you want to get back to your pre-baby shape, carrying your little one around the house is just not enough exercise. That said, baby is likely taking way too much of your time for you to hit the gym. Solution? A home gym -- no membership required! Since baby comes with a whole lot of stuff, you probably don't need to crowd your apartment with workout gear. Lucky for you, there are workout tools that will help you bounce back into a health routine without adding to baby's mess.
Here are 7 pieces of workout equipment that won't clutter your home.
1. Valslide by Valerie Waters. These sliding discs are extremely versatile, will help you increase the intensity of any basic workout and are especially great to rebuild your core strength. They are also easy to store and pack to bring with you on your travels. Check out the Valslide Essentials kit, which comes with the discs and a workout.
2. Johnson & Johnson 7-minute workout app. The app guides users through its signature 7-minute workout, but it also offers more advanced routines assisted with short videos. The best part about the app is that you can customize your own workout. And the app makes it easy to focus on specific muscle group.
3. Smart Stick. This stick adds intensity and productivity to your favorite moves. There are two versions: an unweighted one, which is ideal for flexibility and balance; and a weighted version that is best for strength exercises. Since it's thin and 5-feet long, you can stash it in the tiniest closet.
4. Booya Fitness. Booya’s website and app is a subscription-based platform that offers an extensive selection of online workout classes. By subscribing, you have access to workouts (from barre cardio exercises to Bollywood workouts) anytime, anywhere. Just make sure to download them with wi-fi, ahead of time. They also offer workout plans that are especially designed for moms and moms-to-be, like Stay Strong During Pregnancy and Post-Baby Bounce Back.
5. Bodylastics Resistance Bands. Resistance bands are the best accessory to diversify and intensify your workout, and this brand makes them smart. Bodylastics bands are attached to clips, which makes them stackable and interchangeable. With just the clasp of a clip, you can switch the tubes to create different levels of tension. If you need a more affordable option, the brand also sells flat resistance bands that you can use for all your exercises.
6. Pocket Yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to recharge and recover after labor and delivery. This app is appropriate for any yoga level and offers detailed video instructions for its extensive library of yoga poses. It also provides background information, such as health benefits and postural cues. Users can choose between three practices and three durations. Check out Manduka or Gaiam yoga mats to complete your practice.
7. Exercise ball. The rotund device is multitasking and a great investment for moms and moms-to-be. During pregnancy, it can help relieve back pain and keep good posture as your bump grows. During labor, you can use it to help move things along and provide great body support to soothe during contractions. After birth, the exercise ball is a great tool to find your balance again as you work on your core. Plus, you can use it to bounce baby back to sleep.