The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful time in anyone’s life. However, it’s also somewhat chaotic so heading to the gym is understandably the last thing on your mind.
That said, shifting that extra weight you gained during pregnancy and improving your general fitness will still niggle at the back of your mind. Though you may not have the time to take in a class at the gym or a training session in the park, there are lots of things that you could do to get back into your pre-pregnancy jeans!
Health advisors and midwives will always stress the importance of giving your baby plenty of fresh air. Providing they’re wrapped up warm, there’s nothing to stop you from spending hours pounding the pavements. Even better, the constant movement of being in the pram could be the best way of keeping your baby content; so it’s the perfect solution if you feel like you’re spending hours cooped up in the house with a screaming little one!
Walking is a gentle exercise that lets you set the pace and intensity. As well working your leg muscles, pushing the pram means that you’ll also be giving your upper arms a gentle workout. Regardless of intensity, you should be wearing some decent walking shoes to keep you comfortable. Merrell shoes, available to buy online from Jones Bootmaker, combine practicality with style, so you won’t look like a rambler when you’re out for a stroll in the park!
Think swimming’s out of the question because you have no one to look after the little one? Take them along! As well as being a great way to spend an afternoon with the baby, half an hour of ‘play time’ in the pool could be a mini-workout for you. Why not invite a friend along, so that they can take the baby for ten minutes while you swim some lengths?
Netmums.com have some great tips on swimming with a baby, including locations where you can do it.
Great! Your baby is fast asleep. There’s just enough time to get a load in the washing machine and run the duster around. Why not take advantage of this brief moment of tranquillity to get in a few reps with a skipping rope? You can do this practically anywhere and skipping for a mere ten minutes could burn 100 calories!
Argos have a selection of affordable skipping ropes; although it’s tempting to opt for the cheapest, you’ll find it much easier using a weighted rope, made from a heavier material like leather. It’s easier to gain momentum with a heavier rope than a lightweight nylon one and you’ll see much more effective results in the muscle tone of your upper arms.
About the Author: Jacqueline Collier is a full-time mother of two young children, as well as writing freelance for a number of print and online publications. Her interests and writing topics range from parenting and health, to lifestyle, cookery and interior design. She currently resides in the UK with her young family.
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