Thursday, March 30, 2006

Activities for You and Your Baby to Stay Fit

If you have ever had a baby, and went home not feeling great about yourself, you are not alone. I for one, was a size three when I got pregnant, but nine months and one baby later, I was a size eight. Many new mothers do not feel great about their body and the shape that they are in. Although every new mother needs to give herself time, and have a little patience, some new mothers are a little harder on themselves than they should be. No new mother comes out of the hospital looking as good as they did nine months ago, although some would like to think they did. Your body is going to need time, exercise, and relaxation to get into shape once again. Now may even be the time to get into better shape than you were before you were pregnant. It is understandable if you do not want to give time up with your baby to get into shape, but there are a few things that you and your baby can do together to get into shape. You can have fun, get into shape, and spend a lot of time with your new baby at the same time.

One thing you can do to start getting into shape is looking into a mother and baby exercise class. When you are at the hospital after having your baby, ask a nurse about it, and she can recommend a class that will suit you and your baby. There are many different types of classes like mother and baby yoga, mother and baby gym, and in some towns, mothers and babies can just start their own group if there is not already an organized group in your area. If this is the case, you can ask any new mothers you know about starting a group with you, or you can organize a group yourself by putting up signs or advertising on the internet. Usually in these groups and classes, there is an instructor that teaches you fun and safe exercises that you and your baby can do together. This will help the growth of your child, and help you get your body back into shape.

Besides going to a class to get into shape, you can also try jogging with your baby. You can go to any large retail store, such as Wal-Mart or Target, or even a sports store, such as Dunham's, and buy a stroller that is made for jogging or running. These strollers are usually made with one large wheel in the front, and two large wheels in the back. It is very easy to run and control this kind of stroller at the same time. Your baby will love the scenery and the fresh air and you can listen to your headphones and enjoy the scenery as well. It is a great time to stop at a park and have a light snack or picnic with your child. You can even invite a friend or spouse along with you. Besides jogging or running with a stroller, you can buy a regular stroller and take your baby for walks. You can walk around a lake or park or even down the road near your home. Walking is also a great way to get back into the shape that you want to be in. If you decide to walk or run, make a schedule and try to stick to it. You do not have to do it every day, but try to keep it to at least twice a week, or maybe even more.

Another way to bring exercise into you and your baby's life is walking. If you have a baby sling or something like it, you can place your baby inside of it, and take a walk or a nature hike. This is a great way to keep your baby close to you and still exercise. Many babies do not get enough fresh air, and this is a great opportunity for you and your baby to get outside, and not be cooped up in your home. If you like to visit the library or the malls, take your baby with you in his sling. By taking the stairs in the malls instead of the escalator, you are getting extra exercise also. You can also take your baby to the stores, post office and other errands in his stroller or baby sling if you live near town. It is a great time to get out on a nice day and spend some time outside. Instead of driving in between errands, try to walk as much as you can.

Many mothers think that they have to stay home for weeks after they bring their baby home from the hospital, but that is not true. The sooner you get out of the house, and start back to your regular life, the sooner you are going to get healthy and back into shape. Do not be hard on yourself if you do not get back to your pre-baby clothes, because most likely you will not. Your body has went through a lot of big changes in the last nine months, and whatever your body ends up looking like, learn to love it. Your spouse and your baby will love you no matter what you look like! Your child is the most important person in your life now, so have fun and try to be as healthy as you can be, for you and your child's sake!

No comments: