Written by Lisa Druxman
Contributor for Tools For A Great Life
All moms want their bodies back after baby, but most have trouble fitting it in. Here are some ideas for fitness at any stage of motherhood:
Newborn – 1 year:
Fit fitness into nooks and crannies of the day. This is a great stage for mommy and baby workouts. For example, you can chest press with baby or do reverse curls with baby on your legs. You can also get a great workout with baby in a front pack carrier. Squats and lunges are even more effective with the added baby weight! A stroller workout is a great way to get in shape and get some fresh air. Add intensity to your walks or jogs by taking more hills and by doing some strength intervals. You can squat and lunge behind your stroller. Want more ideas? Try a stroller workout like Stroller Strides (www.strollerstrides.com).
1 – 3 years:
Stroller workouts are still great for this stage. As your baby gets bigger, you’ll get stronger! Your toddler will love to imitate you working out so don’t be afraid to pop in a workout video. They just might want to join you.
3 – 5 years:
Your little one is more mobile and you can be too. Go for a run as you push them along on a bike. Or, play red light green light and tag at the park. The playground is a great place to workout. Do some step ups, push ups and dips at the park bench.
From here on, anything is possible. There are lot’s of sports that you can play with your kids. Try tennis, karate or yoga. Create a circuit workout at the park for you and your family. If your child plays a team sport, use that time to go for a run around the field or do your own workout.
No matter your stage of motherhood, fitness is a gift for you and your family. YOU need the strength for motherhood! And they need to learn from you that fitness is an important part of daily life and can be fit in to a busy life!
About Lisa Druxman
Lisa Druxman, M.A. is a nationally recognized speaker and author and considered an expert in the field of fitness, particularly pre/postnatal fitness. Lisa earned her Master’s degree at San Diego State University in psychology with an emphasis in exercise adherence and weight control. She created the weight management program, L.E.A.N. Mommy® (Learn Eating Awareness and Nutrition) which is also the name of her book, by Hachette Books. She is also the exclusive writer for Entrepreneur’s online Mompreneur column. Lisa has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, The Montel Williams Show, Access Hollywood and profiled in magazines such as Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Self and more.
Since she has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years, her focus for the past decade has been working with moms to help them get fit and lose weight. She is the creator of Stroller Strides®, Fit4Baby®, Mama Wants® Her Body Back and the author of Lean Mommy. Lisa is the go-to for Hollywood and for fitness professionals when it comes to pre and postnatal fitness. She is an awarded fitness professional and has even been named by NBC as one of “America’s Favorite Moms”.