Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Get Back Into a Routine
When I was pregnant with my son, Beckett, I thought I’d jump right back into exercising as soon as my doctor gave me the OK. The reality? Much different. My bundle of joy came along and suddenly I was living in a different world – one where changing diapers ranked higher on my to-do list than getting to the gym. With such a drastic life change, it was challenging to establish a workout routine that fit my new world. The solution? Adjusting the when/how of exercising that I was used to and thinking outside the box. Here’s what I learned about exercise after pregnancy:
Exercise After Baby: Ways to Get Started
- Start small. Jumping back into a full fledged exercise routine after pregnancy may seem overwhelming. Starting off by making small changes may be more doable. Take the elevator instead of the stairs. Put your baby in the stroller and take a walk around the neighborhood. Invest in a step-tracker like FitBit or Jawbone to make yourself more aware of how much you’re moving. These may seem like very small changes, but do them consistently and they can lead to big results over time.
- Try at-home workouts. More often than not, the most difficult part of fitting a workout in is just getting yourself to the gym – especially with a baby! Eliminating the “getting to the gym” hurdle may make all the difference for you. There are tons of fitness DVDs out there to choose from. Literally everything from yoga to HIIT exists, so you’re sure to be able to find something that piques your interest. If DVDs aren’t your thing, though, the Internet provides plenty of fitness blogs to choose from where you can view workout videos or simply read a workout from your phone’s browser and go at your own pace.
- Find “Baby and Me” exercise classes. Just as getting to the gym can be a struggle, finding a child care solution while you exercise can sometimes be an even bigger one. Many studios and gyms now provide classes where you can bring your baby along to “participate” in the class. A quick Google search in your area is sure to provide a few options in this category as these classes continue to gain popularity.
- Check out Fit4Mom. Just as baby and me classes in studios and gyms are designed for you and your baby, Fit4Mom hosts classes outdoors and at various locations where you can bring your baby along. Not only is this a great way to get your workout in; it’s also a great way to connect with other moms in your area.
Baby or not, sometimes the hardest part of establishing a workout routine is just that – establishing it. Once we’re in the routine and exercise is a part of our lives, it’s much easier to keep it up. So do some research and find what’s best for your life and your family. The answer isn’t the same for everyone, but there is an option out there that will work for you. It’s just a matter of finding it.