And Get Your Body Back
You want to exercise, but you don’t want to leave your newborn. You can do both, and reap big rewards.
Set a goal that’s easy to remember: 30 minutes a day, five times a week, that mixes strength and cardio.
- The easiest way to get started is taking a walk with your baby in the stroller in the cooler morning and evening. Your baby will enjoy the ride, too!
- Rest your baby on her back and then get into a modified push-up position using your knees (you can build up to using your toes). Bend your elbows out to the side and lower yourself down. Be sure to kiss baby at the end of the move, then push back up. Work up to 12 to 15 reps.
- Short bursts of intense activity are beneficial and may be all you can manage with a newborn!
Put baby in a bouncy seat or swing, turn up the music and start dancing together. Try doing this three times during the day, spending 10 minutes on each dancing session.
Note: Please consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise routine if you had a complicated birth.