How to “Fit” in Exercise with a Newborn
Amy Morgan, Licensing Coordinator, Milk Snob
Exercise can often take a back seat compared to all of the responsibilities of having a new baby--as it should! Savor all those firsts with your newborn because it really does fly by so quickly! Even still, it’s hard to think that you’ll ever get back into your routine, but don’t worry, Mama! We have a few tips for you:
Time Is Of The Essence
You don’t need to spend hours and hours away from your new babe to carve out some time for you. Thirty minutes is the recommended daily amount of exercise. If you don’t have 30 minutes to spare, try short bursts of exercise for five to ten minutes. You’ll be shocked how much energy even that will give you!
The Casual Stroll
Place your baby in a stroller and take a walk! Walking has been proven to boost immune systems, energy, mood, lower blood sugar, and ease joint pain. These benefits not only help you, but your little one, too! When your babe is at least six months old, you can begin using a jogging stroller. Don’t forget your Milk Snob Cover for those extra sunny days! My current favorite print is Herringbone.
Try taking your baby on a walk or a hike in a carrier or wrap. A wrap, like one in our Soho print, is ideal for walking around the block, but a carrier or backpack is suggested for a vigorous hike. Always make sure your baby is well supported!
The Best Workout Partner
Join a mommy and me class! There are many opportunities and styles of classes including yoga, pilates, and water aerobics. Bonus: there are many free classes on Youtube that can be performed in the comfort of your home!
The key to staying consistent is finding a workout that you truly enjoy and look forward to. Remember that it’s okay to start small and slow. We believe in you, Mama!
Disclaimer: Always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise after pregnancy.