The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Q: I want to shed the baby weIght, but I struggle wIth motIvatIon. How can I get movIng?
It’s often hard to get up and exercise when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed with a new baby. It’s important to make fitness fun, and the best way to do this is by connecting with other new moms and your baby while you exercise.
A few suggestions:
1. Make a date for a stroller walk with a friend who is also a new mom—having a workout partner will help keep you accountable.
2. Set goals for how often you’d like to exercise, and reward yourself when you achieve them.
3. You can also work out with your baby: Blow bubbles while you’re in a squat, sing while you’re in lunges—be joyful in your exercise!
4. It can also be helpful to set out your workout clothes the night before. Even if you’re not exercising first thing in the morning, they’ll remind you of your commitment to get in shape.
5. Lastly, be mindful of what you’re eating. Focusing on healthy food can synergistically motivate you to exercise.
In my experience, many new moms try to do too much, too hard, too fast. If you’re unhappy with your post-baby body, don’t go overboard with your workouts—this can lead to burnout. Remember that baby steps are the best path to progress. Sometimes, taking a daily 10-minute “mommy timeout” to journal, meditate or just relax (not fold the laundry) can recharge you and inspire you to work out.