Tips to Get Fit After Having a Baby
My solution is to load my girls into the stroller and go for a walk! We all feel better after getting out of the house, and I get to burn a few calories along the way.There are also apps you can download, such as Map My Walk which help you keep track of miles walked and calories burned.
My girls love interacting with the other kids and playing with new toys, and I get an hour or so of me time. If you have never worked out in a gym before, ask for a free orientation to get familiar with the equipment. You can also find ideas for workout routines on websites like Pinterest.Try taking a class-whether its yoga, boot camp, or step, most gyms offer a variety of classes to suit you. Let the instructor know you are new and they can help you modify the exercises if needed.
FIND A FRIEND
and together we would workout with our favorite DVD.
USE YOUR KIDS
SET A GOAL
You don’t have to deprive yourself. I give myself one day a week to eat and drink anything I want. Everything in moderation is a great way to approach nutrition.
Buy healthy foods, eat healthy foods, and serve them to your children as well. Starting when they are infants and toddlers offer these foods to help establish what foods we will eat as a family and which ones we will only have now and then as treats.
Don’t forget to have fun!
How do you fit in exercise after having a baby?
Jessica Stremer has a BS in Biology and has worked as a Certified Personal Trainer through NSCA. She currently enjoys her position as a stay at home mom. Jessica has been married to her husband, a US Marine Corps Pilot for 7 years. They have two little girls, a 3 year old and a 14-month old. She enjoys staying physically active, trying
new recipes, getting together with friends, crafting, and building her side business, Five O’Clock Jelly.
A huge thank you to my friend Jessie for putting this together for you! It is a great resource to have a friend so well versed on fitness. She and I both wanted to share a no-stress and sensible set of tips for moms to get fit after having a baby and shed some baby weight.
We want to be sure you know that the number on the scale IS NOT the main focus in your fitness and exercise goals.
Both Jessie and I did not lose all our baby weight the second we delivered our babies-Jessie took 13 months with her first child and 9 months after her second child to lose her “baby weight.”
I mentioned in my breastfeeding tips post that I hold on to about 5-10 pounds while breastfeeding. I know that breastfeeding is temporary (in the grand scope of life) and know that the extra fat is essential to making enough milk for feeding my babies. I took 6-7 months to lose all of my baby weight with my first child (but I was formula feeding by 6 months), 9 months with my second child, and am still hanging on to about 5 pounds after 10 months of breastfeeding the twins.
There is no timeline for losing the baby weight that fits everyone. Your body has matured through pregnancy and child birth, so often even getting back to pre-baby weight may not be healthy anymore. Whatever your goals, I know these tips that Jessie laid out for us are supremely important to keep in mind!
Enjoy your time at home!
Kendel Lallyson says
This site is amazing! Can’t believe I’ve only just found it!
Jaimi Erickson says
I am so glad you did!
Thanks for the tips! So hard to find time but gotta make it a habit!
Jaimi Erickson says
So true! I think I have stopped and started many times.
Evelyn Taylor says
Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing these!
Personally, I have 3 kids and everytime I want to lose the baby fat, jogging strollers work perfectly! And the kids get to experience the outdoors 🙂
Win-win for sure!
Definitely a win-win!
Sadly I don't get to exercise as much as I should, but I do agree that walking was key for me to fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. That's pretty much all you CAN do during those first few months. I also ate well, which helps hugely!
I had a much easier time fitting into my old size after my singleton pregnancy, but with the twins pregnancy, I still have yet to go down to my old size and am one size above. Not too bad, and the clothes still fit.
Nina, I fall into that same group-not enough time to really exercise as regularly as I should. As busy as we are with kids, I think a lot of that movement counts as low impact exercise though. (At least, I hope it does!) I hear ya on the single baby vs. twins differences. I can definitely see a difference in how my body has bounced back after the twins…not sure it will completely go back to "pre baby" but there are other things to worry about, right? 😉
Melissa Matters says
Excellent tips! Wearing jeans after having a baby sounds painful. =) After having a baby, I went on a lot of walks.
I agree! Jeans after giving birth was never interesting to me. LOL! Walking was and still is my favorite exercise.