Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Exercise with a newborn

It's always a bit of a challenge to make time for exercise with a newborn.

Here's what I've been doing:

1.  When I take my 3 big kids to the gym for swim practice, I check my 4 and 2 yr old into the nursery for an hour.  I set Calvin in his carseat in front of me where I can keep a close eye on him while I log a few miles on the treadmill.  When he starts to fuss, I speed up :) .  We also enjoy doing stomach crunches together.  His cute little face serves both as a distraction from the pain and as a constant reminder that I need to do more crunches!  Then after I get my exercise we retire to the lockeroom for a nursing session.

2.  I'm always prepared for a quick trip to the park. 

My 11, 9, 7, and 4 yr olds' scooters and the double stroller for my 2 yr old and newborn.
I do have to be a little creative when it comes to stowing my groceries, but it's well worth it!  The kids would probably prefer to ride bikes, but I don't think I could get our garage door closed with a loaded bike rack on back!

What do you do to get back in shape after having a baby?

1 comment:

  1. Good for you exercising so soon, but don't overdo it!
    I didn't start exercising seriously until Sam was one!

    Enjoy the baby.....he is just precious! :)



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