As a brand new mom, you’re about to learn the REAL meaning of the phrase “multi-tasking.”
With a new baby, you’ll find yourself busy from morning till night, and probably through the night as well. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find unique ways to squeeze in some “you time”—you just have to get creative with it now.
An effective workout is a great way to salvage your sanity (and your pre-baby body), allowing you to burn off some steam and burn off some calories at the same time. While it may seem daunting and even impossible to try to add one more thing to your plate, we’re here to tell you it’s very doable. Thanks to the many mommy-and-me workout options available, you can break a sweat while bonding with your little babe.
If you’re going stir-crazy in the house or just itching to see your long-lost abs again, there is hope, Mamas. With the resourceful mommy-and-me workouts below, you’re about to take multi-tasking to a whole new level.
Important tips before you start:
1. Before trying any of the below workouts, make sure your baby is old enough to hold his head up on his own without discomfort (typically 3 to 4 months old).
2. Be sure to get the “all clear” from your doctor before attempting any of the below moves, and make sure to stretch well before and after while staying hydrated.
Tone your abs, butt and other post-baby trouble areas with these easy moves from the comfort of your own home, all without taking a hand off your babe.
Moms love this workout DVD due to its doable length (40 minutes), it’s portability (take it on vacation if you’re brave enough!) and the fact that it requires no equipment.
For the super ambitious mama, here is your guide to training for a half-marathon while pushing a 25-pound stroller with a baby inside.
If marathon training isn’t your thing, try this outdoors full-body workout you can do on your next stroller sesh with your baby.
An exercise app designed for both mama and baby that features custom-designed workout plans for you and your mini me.
Simply plug in your zip code to find a variety of baby-friendly workout meet ups with other moms in your area.
Featured on CNN, Fit 4 Mom is another great resource for finding mommy-and-me group classes in your area.
If you’re local to Nashville, you MUST try these awesome workouts STAT:
A creative mix of cardio and full-body strength training where you can enjoy camaraderie in the fresh air with other moms and moms-to-be.
This studio offers BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) yoga sessions, babywearing-friendly barre classes, a community of support for moms and mom-to-be and lots more.