But how oh how do you find the time to workout?
The first thing you need to do is shift your mindset… A workout, doesn’t need to be in a busy gym smashing out kms on a treadmill or bike… It doesn’t have to be getting yelled at by a burly trainer in a park… It doesn’t have to be impossible to figure out how to get to a class around nap times… And it definitely doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg… In fact you can easily workout around your home, with bubs, at your own pace and get results!
My daughter is 17 months… I’ve been doing some form of exercise since she was 6 weeks old (as soon as I had clearance from my Dr of course). I took it easy to begin with, getting my head around the sleep deprivation, I tried lots of walks with her in the pram or wrapped to my chest, and found the days I managed to get my exhausted butt outside for a walk I felt about a million times better… Just actually taking the first steps out side were the hardest, but so so worth it!
I got stronger, more motivated and more energetic and started doing squats… Any chance I got… when I was hanging out washing, or in between washing each dish in the sink, in the shower, brushing my teeth, even during those long long breastfeeds!!
I would lunge walk around the house from room to room instead of walking, jump lunge folding the washing, add a random burpee in here and there for good measure and hey, presto! I have a good excuse for wearing my mummy uniform standard issue RunFaster tights and runners all day!!
If you like being out and about invest in a good baby carrier… (You will likely have a baby wearing group in your area that you can join for free and try some options out before you buy). Not only will bubs love it, but you can set out on big bush walks, go climbing stairs and exploring with your very own squishy lovable weight vest! Plus you can show off your funky new RunFaster tights in the process!!!
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Some other mini exercises that are effective and easy to do at the drop of a wet nappy are;
- Push ups, (Nel loves it when we do push ups and raspberries on her tummy or neck.. )
- Planks (again a good opportunity to plaster kisses over your bubba)
- Mountain climbers
- Squats (jumping squats will elevate your heart rate a lot more if you want more cardio in your workout)
- Star jumps
- Lunges (walking around the house/standing in the kitchen/ or jumping if you want more)
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