Are you eager to start exercising after giving birth? It can be hard to find both time and motivation to start exercising with a new family member. The time when you could just go out for a run is ancient history and someone else’s needs always come before yours. But you should do your best to make it work, because the reward is so big.
Exercising is definitely not just a way to get into your old clothes again, it’s good for your mental and physical health. Exercises like walks with the stroller, going out of the house and meeting people is good for you.
Many of us find it hard to go out to exercise with a newborn. But we have some suggestions that hopefully will motivate you to get started.
The babynest SleepCarrier is appreciated by many parents. Especially because it makes it easier to keep your scheduled work out. Below we share some of our best tips of things you can do, and how the babynest SleepCarrier can help you. You can also read more in our article about finding time to exercise with a newborn.
Go for a walk
To start with, you can always go out for a walk. A walk outside will do so much for you. The fresh air and the exercise. It will give you much more energy to face the day instead of starting the day on the sofa.
The best part? You don’t have to schedule your walk according to your baby’s sleeping schedule.
If you put your baby to sleep in the SleepCarrier, it’s easy to transfer your sleeping baby to the pram or inside the house; if the baby falls asleep when you are back after a 20 minutes walk, you can bring the baby inside in the SleepCarrier and maybe enjoy a nice cup of coffee while your baby continues to sleep; if you have planned to meet with a friend, you don’t have to worry about waking the baby when it’s time to leave the house.
Bring the baby to the gym
It can be hard, and sometimes it’s forbidden, to bring a pram into the gym. But you can leave the pram in the lobby and only bring the babynest SleepCarrier. You can transfer the SleepCarrier with you from the stationary bike and to the rowing machine or whatever you choose to do.
Even though the baby isn’t sleeping, it will probably just enjoy watching you sweat and move around, while lying in a familiar environment. You can fold out the SleepCarrier and make it into a playmat, so the little one can practice some tummy time as well and strengthen the muscles.
You should probably still choose a time when the gym isn’t too busy, to avoid too many people and noise for your little one. That also makes it easier to do it at your own pace.
Baby friendly classes
Many gyms offer baby friendly classes, where you can show up with your baby to the workout. Mom-fitness or parental-yoga where the baby is welcome and sometimes incorporated in the workout. These classes might be the perfect place for you, to start exercising again and meeting parents in a similar situation, and even letting your little one meet other babies. Once again, the SleepCarrier is easy to bring along and keep next to your exercise mat. Sleeping or playing, the baby feels safe and comfortable and can choose to play or take a nap.
And maybe the most important part of all. As you can easily transfer your sleeping baby into the pram, from the pram in the gym and around the gym, it becomes easier to keep your schedule. You can show up to the pre-booked class or your own scheduled workout, without worrying about interrupting your baby’s sleep routine.
Still hard to find time for exercise?
If you still find it hard to find time to exercise, read our article about finding time for a workout on a tight schedule.
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