10 ways to find the time to exercise
If you're pregnant, relish the freedom of walking out the door to exercise without having to coordinate babysitters and nap times. Because when you're a new mum, the phrase time-poor has never been more apt. You'll wonder what you used to do with all the hours in the day when baby arrives! Instead of making excuses not to exercise, with a little preparation, you'll be surprised what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
Here are some handy hints to squeeze a workout into your busy day:
- Incidental exercise — in the early days of motherhood, participating in a structured exercise program may be tricky; be mindful of being active where possible, for example, try walking to the shops.
- Write it down — it's easy to feel like your day has no structure when you're busy meeting the demands of a small child. If you write your exercise intentions down on a piece of paper, you're more likely to stick to it.
- Make it a game — include your baby in your exercise routine. Businesses like PRAMfit cater for the needs of mums and bubs.
- Crèche at the gym — many gyms now have crèches for a nominal hourly fee if you are a member.
- Mother's group — instead of meeting for coffee, suggest a walk together around the local park.
- Grandparents — few grandparents need asking twice to babysit! Try and pop out for a walk while your child being spoilt rotten by its grandparent.
- Plan ahead — make exercise a priority by planning ahead, if possible. Work out a plan with your partner.
- Think outside the square — it may suit you to exercise before baby wakes up or when baby is asleep.
- Small spurts — three x 10-minute walks equals one 30-minute walk.
- Be flexible — there will be days when baby's needs will be all-consuming; reschedule your workout for the following day. Don't dwell on it. Focus on the fact you will feel fresher tomorrow.
Your exercise program
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- Exercise program for mums with infants
- Exercise program for mums with preschoolers
Your personal trainer
- Exercise video - dips
- Exercise video - lunges
- Exercise video - planks
- Exercise video - push ups
- Exercise video - squats
Be guided by your doctor or health care professional before participating in any exercise program while you are pregnant and following childbirth.
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