Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Treadmill Workout for New Moms
It can be very difficult to find "me time" during our busy days as moms and parents. I have found that I really need to schedule and plan my workouts around our busy schedule and routine. If I think I'm just going to workout when I want to workout - chances are it isn't going to happen. Sometimes a nap doesn't last as long as I think it will. And sometimes my little one is fussier and curious than normal. If I want to get in a few miles by myself or with a client, I often have my little one next to me in a pack and play or toy. This was easier to accomplish when she was an infant. But, now as a toddler, she is more mobile and more interested in what I am doing. She will typically occupy herself for 1-2 miles; sometimes 3-4. But typically her curiosity causes her to want to be included in my workout. It's not that she wants me to stop what I'm doing. She just loves being a part of it. I've often taken her out of the pack and play and strapped her on me in the baby carrier. Walking at a slow pace, I've always felt comfortable walking with her - just like outdoors. Most of my clients are mothers or parents and enjoy having her be a part of our fitness routine.
Below is an easy workout that you and your baby can do together. It incorporates some power-walking as well as some core workout and stretching with your baby. If 4 MPH is too fast for you right now, you can simply adjust the treadmill pace on this routine to 3 or 3.5 MPH. This is a great option for new mothers that are looking at getting back into a fitness routine after having their baby. New mothers should always have the approval of their doctor before starting a new fitness routine.