No Time to Exercise After Pregnancy

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No Time to Exercise After Pregnancy

no time to exercise after pregnancyRecently we polled new moms on the challenges they face when exercising after pregnancy. “No Time to Exercise After Pregnancy” was one of the top reported challenges. While this isn’t surprising, the good news is that we have lots of ideas on how to overcome this challenge and help you incorporate exercise into your life as a new mom.

Most new moms find that their time is more limited after baby is born, or more specifically, that their alone “me” time is more limited. Before baby’s arrival you might have had an hour to yourself several times a week that you spent at the gym, going for a run or taking an exercise class. After baby’s arrival it might be hard to find ten minutes to yourself and if you do, chances are you’ll do something extravagant like showering. 🙂

Here are some ideas for overcoming the “no time to exercise after pregnancy” struggle:

  • Exercise WITH your baby – Put baby in the stroller and go for a walk or jog. Use baby as your weight and do exercises such as squats and lunges (check out our Baby Weight workout for more ideas). Take a mom & baby exercise class (the majority of classes offered are yoga classes, but there might be more options depending on where you live).
  • Exercise when baby naps or exercise before baby wakes up in the morning.
  • If you work outside of the home, exercise on your lunch break so when you get home you can relax and just spend time with your family.
  • Workout in short bursts throughout the day – 10-15 minute bursts of exercise scattered throughout the day are perfect for busy new moms. Not sure what exactly to do for an effective short burst of exercise? Try our 10 minute workout for new moms.

Have you overcome this challenge? Share below what worked for you…

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