Life after pregnancy is both wonderful and chaotic. If you just gave birth, you know that your body underwent so many changes during those time. It can take a while for these changes to disappear, but you can help regain your old body by exercising. It’s not just for vanity alone. You also want to be healthy and active to deal with your little one. But every new mother will tell you that caring for a baby leaves little time for doing anything else. So instead of giving up and wait until your child goes to school, why not include the baby in your plans? Working out at home with a baby is possible if you put your mind to it.
Set a schedule
Despite what people say, babies love schedule. But they also want their needs attended to first before anything else. The first thing to do is to learn your baby’s routine. Time your workout right after he wakes up, fed and diapered. He will be more alert and ready to play. Make this fun for him so that he will be cooperative. Otherwise, he might get bored and fuss, effectively ending your workout.
Build a home gym
When working out at home with a baby, you need a specific place where you can move freely. It does not have to be fancy or even big. As long as you and the baby have space to move and there’s a place for your equipment, then you are all set. You don’t have to buy expensive equipment as there are many ways to exercise even without them. Get an exercise DVD or buy an exercise bike. Whatever you choose, just make sure that its an exercise that you like to do.
While you are at it, you should also think of bringing in some of his favorite toys. Try to find toys that look like your equipment. For example, there are rattles that are shaped like a dumbbell. Kids like to mimic adults, so give them the tools to follow you.
Make an exercise plan
The exercises that can be done when working out at home with a baby are different for every mother. If your baby is less than a year old, his mobility is limited. Use this as bonding time by using the little one as a weight. Or let him crawl around while you do pushups. Get on the internet and look up mat exercises.
If your child is a toddler, following a video workout may be possible. You can also do some weights although you may have to do some rearranging so that he does not get injured while dancing to Beyoncé.
Choose appropriate music
One of the problems when working out at home with a baby is how to keep him interested in the activity. You can make it interesting for him by incorporating his tastes for music. A great classical piece can do wonders in exercising his brain while relaxing him at the same time. Some babies show preference for certain music, see if your baby prefers a certain song and use it during workout.
Treat workout as play time
Your attempts to exercise will go better if you treat it as play time. Kids don’t understand exercise, but they know what play is all about. Don’t be rigid and insist on doing a certain routine. What’s important is that you are moving, even if its not in sync with the video workout. Be patient and adopt to your child’s moods. If he does not want to join, put him in the carrier and let him watch what’s going on.
You should know your limits. Have a realistic fitness goal. If you gained 100 pounds from pregnancy, don’t expect to lose all the weight in a month or so. Tailor your goals to your fitness ability. While you may have gained weight fast, strive to lose the weight slowly. A weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week is the ideal target.
Be that as it may, working out at home with a baby is no cakewalk. Women today have many things on their plate so you need to be flexible. Accept that you are not Wonder Woman and there will things that you will miss. At the end of the day, what is important is spending quality time with your family.