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Favorite Excuse for Not Working Out: My Baby

The transition to becoming a mom can really take a toll on your body, but you can bounce back and become a strong mom. Does your favorite excuse for NOT exercising involve being the parent of small children? Well here are some tips get you up and moving.

There are as many roadblocks to fitness as there are benefits to gain from fitness. So figuring out how to motivate yourself past your favorite excuse is beyond beneficial. So if your excuse is, "I'm too busy with my kids to workout," it is time to change your tune. I used that excuse for a while, but I soon realized if I wasn't "modeling" good health habits for my kids they would have no idea of the value of exercise. I didn't want to fall into the, "Do as I say not as I do" version of parenting.

Here are a few ideas to get you started thinking about how to fit in some exercise while hanging with your baby.

When you have a newborn

  • You can do tummy time with your baby. Get down on the floor and get active while your baby fusses over learning this new position.
  • Pack that baby up and go for a stroll since the fresh air is good for you and the baby.

Want to see what you should do when your baby starts moving? Then

When the baby starts crawling

  • Get down on all fours and explore with your child. You will work your arms and your legs as well as learn the value of sweeping the floor from first hand experience.
  • Carrying your child around like all the Hollywood mommas will definitely get your arms strong and toned. You know...babies can double as weights. Just make sure to alternate arms and keep your tummy pulled up and in to protect your back.

Toddler workout

  • Follow your new walker around and do what they do. Try to do it for 10 minutes. Granted his or her center of gravity is considerably lower so his or her up/down motions are easier. Toddlers also love, LOVE when you imitate them. It will be a nice bonding game as well as a strength training time for you.
  • The playground at any age even with tots can be quite a workout. Pushing the swing and the merry-go-round can work your arms and burn some calories. I like to add a squat between each push, as well as alternate arms.

So workout with your little ones and you will feel better when they start to work your patience.

beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i've seen so many moms pushing strollers up steep hills and looking so great for it! i totally applaud them and anyone who finds that much energy. i know kids in strollers can be heavy t push sometimes!
tchan01 tchan01 10 years
I'm not a momma yet, but these are definitely good tips :-)
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Haha, when my son was 2 I did try to follow him around and do whatever he did. It didn't even last 5 minutes. I was EXHAUSTED!!! He never stops moving!
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 10 years
Good tips! When my daughter was a little bit younger, I'd do chest presses with her, she loved it, and it was a good workout for me. Now, she loves to sit on my feet when I'm sitting and let me extend my legs so she raises up in the air. It works my quads and she gets a fun "ride".
islandmama islandmama 10 years
Great sending on to my pregnant daughter..she's always looking for another exercise routine!!!
bushra bushra 10 years
thanks for these FitSugar, i'm due any day and can't wait to get back into shape!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Great tips Fit!
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