Guest Blog Post By Katie Roy, personal trainer and new mom
When a baby needs your energy and attention 24/7, everything else tends to take a backseat. It takes effort and the right tools to get back to feeling like you again. You used to simply be “you,” and now you’re someone’s mom, too!
Part of feeling like yourself again is easing back into your pre-baby active lifestyle and getting back into a regular fitness routine. After all, if you’re going to keep up with a baby, you’d better be in shape. Here are a few tips to get you moving in the right direction:
- Pick baby gear that makes it easy (and even something you’ll look forward to) to be active. Graco’s new FastAction™ Fold Jogger Click Connect™ is great because it folds with just one hand and it handles well for jogs and walks with baby—so he’s comfy, and you’re getting some exercise.
- Plan a walk/jog to coincide with baby’s naptime. Put him in the stroller, and you’ll both get a little of what you need to feel good.
- Have healthy food stashed wherever you’re likely to need it. Fruit, yogurt, carrot and celery sticks, low-sugar granola/protein bars, raw nuts, string cheese – have them handy so you don’t go too long without eating. If you package these snacks, you’ll find they’re easy to pop into your diaper bag or into the storage basket of your stroller.
- Perform exercises for baby. When he’s sitting in his stroller, he will love watching you use dumbbells, do pushups, and you can even make a peek-a-boo game by doing squats in front of him!
- Use your baby as a weight, lifting him above your head or doing squats while holding him. Just make sure to keep good posture to avoid back pain!
- Drink water! Drink water! Drink water! Many of us mistake dehydration for hunger, and breastfeeding can really dehydrate you. The FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect has convenient drink holders for your water bottle, so you can stay properly hydrated on a jog with baby.
- Dance for or with your baby. Don’t fancy yourself a dancer? Just as babies enjoy even the most tone-deaf voice singing, they also love to watch those of us with two left feet dance.
- Exercise ten minutes here, ten minutes there. It will quickly add up. Think of it as exercise snacking. Every minute counts—even if it’s a 10-minute stroll around your block.
- Stretch. Between carrying extra weight on your frame while you were pregnant and carrying your baby around now, your body is out of whack. Muscles are tight from being used differently and managing physical and emotional stress. Take a few minutes to stretch out, holding each position for between 10 and 30 seconds, and breathe deeply to relieve tension.
Your body just performed a miracle. Reward it by treating it well. You need to take care of yourself so you can properly take care of your baby, and prioritizing your health is an early lesson for your little one.