How many times have you began a workout routine and then by day 5, #MOMLIFE got the best of you? Now, your routine is down the drain and you feel lost in trying. I know I can relate!
Raise your hand if you are lost on the “hows”, “whens”, and “what do I dos”, that you are stuck inside your own forcefield.! You’re scared to start without an established plan but you don’t know how to create one.
Well, sources show me that you at least knew what to research because you have come to the right place! I am about to tell you my 5 best steps to starting a successful workout routine with a baby, Plus, my personal workout routine to give you an example of how to mold your own.
Step 1: Timing
Timing is everything, Mama. You have two options here. Option number one is begin your workout when baby is asleep in the morning or during nap time. Time it so that you give yourself enough of a slot to workout and recover. This may result in you having to get up extra early in the morning, which is why the next option might be a better one for the mommies with little sleep.
Moreover, if you choose to sleep in, wait until your baby fully wakes up on his or her own. Time your workout to be soon after he or she awakes. Waiting to long after can have an outcome of a tired and fussy baby during your workout.
The important part of this, Mama, is WAITING until your baby awakes before starting your workout. I highly reccommend not waking your baby up as grumpy-ness may set in quick! (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!)
Step 2: Where The Heck Do I Put My Baby?!
This is your first time working out and this is the scenario; You did all of the things right and waited until baby woke up to work out. Baby is finally awake and you are ready to begin. However, as you go to start, you realize that you have nowhere to put your baby! We’ll blame the fact that you didn’t think of this possible problem before on”mommy brain” (no need to feel embarrassed, we have all thought it). However, the following is what you do.
- If your baby is a newborn or not mobile yet, lay him or her on a cozy blanket, on the floor in front of you. Make sure to talk and engage with your baby while you workout to help prevent him or her from getting impatient. (Another option is to place baby in a swing in front of you).
- If your baby is sitting up, set him or her on the floor in front of you so that baby can watch. Give your baby a toy (cardboard boxes work best) to help entertain him or her. Also,have toys ready to switch out frequently.
- If your baby is mobile, be sure to workout in a room that is safe for him or her so roam around in. Place interesting toys in different areas of the room so that your baby has options.
Lastly, the option that I recommend most (depending on your workout that is); wearing your baby. Babywearing is a great way to keep baby happy while working out! Plus, it’s a built in weight!
Step 3: Take Care Of Yourself
This is the important step! Make sure that you have taken the initiative to make yourself feel as good as possible when working out. Working out should not feel like a chore, nor should you dread it. This is your time to better yourself.
Before beginning your workout, be sure that your body is fueled and ready to go!
Questions to ask yourself:
- Have I eaten enough today?
- Did I drink enough water?
- What supplements have I taken to give myself the most optimal chance to having a good workout?
Step 4: Keep Them Speedy
Let’s face it, we both know that baby will not last as long as we would like. For this reason, keep your workouts between 15 to 20 minutes long. Be willing to stop, accommodate to your baby’s needs, and start again in the middle of your workout.
Step 5: Go Straight To The Food
After you have finished your workout, go straight to fixing something to replenish your body. Do not get caught up in other tasks such as showering, laundry, etc. (although I know it’s staring at you and I know it’s tempting). Instead, make it a priority to make yourself a meal. Refueling your body is the most important step to recovery after working out and is essential to not exhausting yourself over a workout routine!