Before people become parents, finding time to workout isn’t hard but making it a priority can be. What I learned once I brought home my little bundle of joy is that if I wanted to lose the baby weight, I was going to have to make my workouts a priority even despite practically having no time. Along with sleep deprivation, learning how to breastfeed and be a mom in general, I had to find a way to get it in.
In my pre-baby days, the gym was my go-to location to get in a workout. I rarely worked out at home because I felt that I was able to get more out of using equipment and it allowed me to get in the zone quickly. I was very inflexible with my workout schedule and routine. I had it so good! 🙂
What I’m hear to tell you is that if you were like in your pre-baby days, don’t worry – getting in a workout will be different but it’s possible. In all reality, I wish I had been more flexible in the past with workouts (the when, the where and the composition) as I think I mentally would have been in a better place rather than being so black and white with my routines.
Here are some tips and a suggestions for mothers to be, new mothers and or really anyone interested in ways to squeeze in your wellness and see results.
- Get a home workout plan and do it in your living room
- I followed the Jessie’s Girls Home Edition workout plan starting 6 weeks after giving birth. I was still very sleep deprived but I needed to move and gain back my lost muscle.
- It’s relatively inexpensive to buy a few dumbbells, some resistance bands and a medicine ball. Having a ton of equipment isn’t required for intense workouts that burn fat and build muscle.
- You don’t need a lot of room! Seriously a small room or open area works great!
- Sneak your workouts in while your baby naps
- Home workouts can range between 30-45 minutes which is great when you’re short on time.
- DISCLAIMER: If you’re not getting more than 5 hours at a time at night, I would make sure you try to nap when your baby does. Especially in the early days when your baby naps a few times a day, use one of those breaks to nap. Sleep is so essential to your bodily functions so running it ragged with a workout is counterintuitive.
- Go for long family walks
- Pop that baby in the stroller and walk your neighborhood. It’s a gentle method of exercise on your recovery body and your baby will love it! This is also a good way to catch-up with your partner or exercise your pup.
AFTER MATERNITY LEAVE:
- Workout in the morning (before baby gets up) or right after you put baby down for the night.
- Waking up early can be hard but you will feel so much better and accomplished once you get that workout in.
- I opted for a later workout – After we put our babe down around 7, I’d workout from 7:00-7:45, then make dinner afterwards. This may be late for some people but it worked best for me.
- Consider getting in a workout while at work
- Some buildings offer gyms, walking trails or maybe there is a gym near by.
- You can also walk the stairs in your building – all you need is 20 minutes!
- Get alone time and head to the gym!
- Once you feel comfortable leaving your babe considering using a gym with childcare. The YMCA is a great option if you have one near you!
- Tell your partner that it’s important for you to have this time and ask them to watch baby for an hour over the weekend. It will be good time for everyone!
- Mix up how and when you work out
- You don’t have to hit the gym 6 days a week for an hour. This is old school thinking! Mix up your routine by incorporating a few days of weight training, a few at home sessions using body weight and high intensity (but short!), outdoor cardio with your baby/dog or take it slow and do some yoga in the living room!
- Do what you have time for! If you’re short on time, do a quick workout at home. If you’re sore and low energy, do some yoga.
- Incorporate the family!
- Your kids are watching you all the time so why not set a great example? Take them to new parks or even some hikes. It’s a great way to unwind, connect and do something good for your body and mind.
- Use the Youtube app on your TV or phone
- This has been huge for me! I use my TV all the time to look up workouts or yoga routines to do. This is also great if you’re bored and just want to switch things up!
- What’s going to make the biggest impact in you achieving your goals is to just be consistent and show up. Make small weekly goals like just being active 5x – regardless of the method.
It’s possible to get your workouts in but you have to make it a priority, a goal and you have to be flexible in how and when you do it. I hope these tips are helpful and they allow you to find ways to take care of yourself. Remember- if you don’t take care of yourself, how will you be able to take care of others?