Being in constant care of a new baby could mean spending lots of time on the couch to cuddle, feed or entertain. Although this may be just what the doctor ordered after childbirth, when doc says it’s OK to get moving take the advice and get active! It is the simplest way to boost your spirits and get more energy to keep up with a growing baby.
There are several ways to keep moving without having to venture out of your home. The most common form of new mommy exercise would be the “walk and cuddle.” Simply hold your baby close and walk around the house stopping at all points of interest and describing them to your baby. Colorful magnets on the refrigerator are always a hit along with taking a peek out of a window to watch birds at a feeder or snow falling. Always be careful not to let your baby touch anything that may be a health hazard such as a small object that could be swallowed.
Don’t limit your time up on your feet to just walking. Put on some soothing music and dance with your baby. Your baby will love the graceful fluid motion of the dance and the cuddle time with you. Add to that your singing, no matter how fabulous your voice and you’ve got yourself a workout that will be truly enjoyed by both you and baby.
Newborn babies spend most of their day sleeping and if you’ve got the energy this is a great time to catch up on all of those fitness DVD’s you’ve got stowed away, maybe some of them still in the plastic. Start small and never exceed doctor’s recommendations. Even a 10 minute low impact workout can be enough to boost your spirits and give you that second or third wind for the day.
Walking is great exercise, whether done indoors holding baby or out with baby in a stroller. Taking baby for a walk outside in a stroller has more than just the workout benefit. Sometimes this is just the miracle you could be looking for to get an overtired bundle of joy to sleep while you get to enjoy a refreshing walk, a change of scenery and some quiet time. It is a wonderful way to break up the day and to meet your neighbors, not to mention that making this a part of your daily routine will get you well on your way to fitting back into your “before pregnancy” wardrobe!
Playtime with your baby is spent mostly on the floor. Maximize this time by doing a few simple floor exercises during play. A quick abdominal workout can be accomplished simply by lying on the floor next to baby and doing sets of crunches while reciting baby’s favorite nursery rhymes. Mix it up with your favorite moves from fitness DVD’s and magazines and you may be surprised at how quickly a total floor routine can be accomplished all while entertaining your baby.
As with all exercise programs it is recommended to talk with your doctor before starting. Staying active is essential for healthy living and improves your mental outlook and stamina for keeping up with a growing baby. It will also show a great example for your child to follow and aid in lowering the risk of being overweight.
Get creative and find new ways to stay active with your child as they grow and develop. This will not only keep the two of you healthy and fit, but will also strengthen the bond between mother and child that will last a lifetime.