Taking care of a new baby is exhausting for mom and her busy schedule can make it difficult to get rid of that baby weight. Although a fitness workout can get mom feeling energized and help her shed a few pounds, there are also other ways for moms to get back into shape without even having to leave the comfort of their own homes. Baby J founder Jennifer Jacobellis shares some ideas for new moms to get back into shape and feel energized once again.
1. Mommy & Me classes: There are several mommy & me classes for mom and baby that are designed specifically for moms to bond with baby while also building strength and increasing flexibility. Mommy and baby yoga classes are great for this but you want to make sure you bring a soft baby mat like the Baby J padded play mat for baby to lie down on. The mat has adorable designs and colors and a Velcro closure so it stays rolled up in your diaper bag and one side always remains clean.
2. Juicing: Consuming your fruits and vegetables in juice form is a healthy and delicious way to make sure you’re replenishing all the nutrients your body needs post-baby. Make your own juices at home using fresh fruits and veggies to save on money or stop by your local grocery store to pick up some pre-made juices. Add fiber and protein powder to your juice for added health benefits.
3. Breastfeeding: Studies have shown that breastfeeding exclusively can help moms get back to their pre-baby weight faster. Breastfeeding burns 600 to 800 calories a day but you need to add an extra 500 calories a day to your diet. You should make sure to eat balanced meals and drink plenty of water so you have enough energy to produce milk often for your baby.
4. Take daily walks: Walking every day for about 30 minutes is a great way to stay in shape and is easy to do with baby in a stroller. You can also alternate between walking and jogging and bring a friend to keep you company.
5. Exercise with baby: If you don’t have time to get to the gym, do strength exercises while holding your baby and using him for extra weight. You can hold baby close to your chest and do lunges or lie on your back and lift baby up and down slowly to work out your arms.
6. Avoid unhealthy snacks: Skip out on the sugary, high-fat treats and keep your kitchen stocked with healthy snacks like fruit and yogurt and low-fat milk. High-fiber snacks like raisins and whole-wheat crackers will also help fill you up. After some time of not snacking on junk, your body won’t crave it as much.
7. Get plenty of sleep: Take advantage every time your baby is asleep and take a nap with baby to keep your energy levels up and keep food cravings in check. Getting enough sleep is more important than using the time to exercise because without sleep, you won’t have the energy to work out.