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The hardest thing about adjusting to life with a new baby for me has been time management. With both children, but definitely even more so with baby #2. By the time baby #2 rolled around I had a solid routine down with Maddie Grace. Before getting pregnant even I was in the best shape of my life. It was easy for me to find time to go to the gym or do at home workouts. However, having a new baby turned that upside down and now I struggle to even find time to brush my teeth, much less eat. That’s why I love the #SavvySnackingSweepstakes at the bottom of this post. Here are some ways I’ve found to overcome the time crunch and find time for fitness:
–Join a gym with childcare. Most gym childcare centers will start taking babies after they turn 3 months old. This is a great way for stay at home moms to get some alone time and establish a healthy fitness habit.
–Run or walk with kids. My kids both seem to like getting outside and moving. It’s not recommended to run with babies under 5 months because their neck muscles need time to develop before bearing the impact, so brisk walks until then and jogs after then are a great way to make kids happy and get in a good workout!
–Workout at home. Get the kids set up with some playtime activities or get baby down for a nap and get moving! There are lots of quick workouts you can do in your living room that can have a big impact on your fitness routine.
–Find an online program to keep up with. A personal favorite of mine, these can really help with accountability. There are tons of online exercise programs that will tell you what workouts to do on which days, and you can find ones that can completely be done at home.
–Incorporate baby and other children into your workout. Have a baby that wants to be held all the time or doesn’t nap? Babies make for great extra resistance and chasing a toddler around the backyard playing tag counts for something!
–Be active with children. Babies tend to like being outside and having a change of scenery. Strap baby on you in a carrier and get out on a hike! Or look into a babywearing ballet class. Or best of all just get out on the playground with older children, wear baby or have them in a stroller close by where they can watch, and play with the older children, or let kids play while you fit in a workout. In fact, here’s a fun playground workout you can do with the baby in the stroller while any older kids play – do this 3 times for a good sweat!
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Do you have any tips for time management with kids? I’d love to hear them below!
Finding time to workout is so tough as a mom of one, I can only imagine with two! Keep it up mama! And I love the playground workout. 🙂