Walk it Off! | Fit Pregnancy

Walk it Off!

Grab your baby, head outside and get back into shape with this easy walk/jog workout. The right gear makes it safe and fun for both of you.

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Friday | Walk 15 minutes
Saturday | Walk 25 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total: 100 minutes/week

(Month 3) Add speed bursts, which means alternately picking up the pace for roughly a minute, then resuming your normal pace. Note: If 150 minutes per week seems daunting, look at it as five 30-minute walks.

Monday | Walk 25 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 30 minutes. Include six 1-minute speed bursts with 1 minute of slower-paced walking between each.
Wednesday | Two walks, 10 minutes each
Thursday | Walk 25 minutes
Friday | Walk 15 minutes
Saturday | Walk 35 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total: 150 minutes/week

(Month 4) Adding a sixth day to the program allows you to keep workouts relatively short and still make progress. Note: Meet a friend to socialize and walk with at least once a week, and gradually increase the length of your walks.

Monday | Walk 25 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 35 minutes. Include speed bursts of 1–3 minutes for a total of 12 minutes. Follow each with at least 1 minute at a slower pace.
Wednesday | Two walks, 10 and 15 minutes each
Thursday | Walk 30 minutes
Friday | Walk 20 minutes
Saturday | Walk 45 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total: 180 minutes/week

(Month 5) Increase your total walking time to 200 minutes a week, and make sure that at least one walk is 45 minutes long. This will continue to build endurance and facilitate weight loss. Note: Reward your progress with snappy new workout clothes that show off your changing body.

Monday | Walk 35 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 30 minutes. Include speed bursts of 2–4 minutes, for a total of 18–20 minutes.
Wednesday | Two walks, 15 and 20 minutes each
Thursday | Walk 35 minutes
Friday | Walk 20 minutes
Saturday | Walk 45 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total: 200 minutes/week




Months 6-8
Hill Climbing/Hiking Working against gravity increases the calorie burn without excess stress or pounding. Bonus: more defined legs.
Backpack-style Carrier
Benefit Goes where rugged strollers can’t and keeps your hands free.
Look for A smooth, padded frame, five-point harness, adjustable, supportive seat that keeps your baby’s legs apart, and her knees below buttocks, and a stable kickstand that won’t pinch little fingers. For you: an easily adjustable harness with plenty of padding and an adjustable hip belt with lumbar support. Before buying, try adjusting the harness  and getting the baby in and out.
Our favorite Kelty Journey ($155)

(Month 6) Take it up a notch with easy climbing on gentle hills 1 day a week. Note: Try to hike with another adult, and bring your cell phone, water and plenty of sunscreen for both you and your baby.

Monday | Walk 35 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 25 minutes. Include several gentle hills, shooting for 1–2 minutes of climbing.
Wednesday | Walk 40 minutes
Thursday | Walk 30 minutes
Friday | Walk 25 minutes
Saturday | Walk 55 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total: 210 minutes/week

(Month 7) Escalate to a maximum of 2 hill sessions per week to let your muscles recover. Note: Attach toys to loops on the carrier to keep your baby busy on longer outings.

Monday | Walk 40 minutes
Tuesday | Hike 30 minutes on gentle, rolling terrain.
Wednesday | Walk 30 minutes
Thursday | Walk 35 minutes
Friday | Walk briskly 20 minutes
Saturday | Hike 45 minutes on gentle hills or rolling terrain.
Sunday | Off
Total: 200 minutes/week
(The extra challenge of working uphill compensates for the slight drop in total time.)

(Month 8) Now you’re fit enough to add speed bursts back in. Note: If the backpack routine becomes grueling or uncomfortable, go solo on your long walk each week.

Monday | Walk 45 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 35 minutes. Include 5–6 speed bursts. Either pick up the pace, go uphill or do a combination of the two for 20 minutes total in 2- to 5-minute segments.
Wednesday | Walk 35 minutes
Thursday | Walk 40 minutes
Friday | Walk briskly 20 minutes
Saturday | Hike 50 minutes or more, taking short breaks as needed.
Sunday | Off
Total: 225 minutes/week


Months 9+
jog/walk workouts You’re fit enough to add jogging intervals, so your body gets challenged by both impact and a faster pace.
jogging stroller
Benefit: Lightweight, agile, shock-absorbing, fun ride for baby.
Look for A fixed front wheel, multiposition canopy, weather cover, supportive padding for baby, padded five-point harness, and foot and hand brakes. Suspension is a plus for trails and bumpy conditions.
Our favorite: Dreamer Design Rebound  ($300)

(Month 9) Gradually increase jogging time, but avoid the temptation to overdo it: Small increments are key to letting your body adjust. Note: Do straight-knee leg lifts and squats at least twice a week to prepare your quadriceps and knees, and stretch your calf muscles well after each workout.

Monday | Walk briskly 35 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 10 minutes. Then jog 1 minute, walk 1 minute and repeat 4 times. Walk 5 minutes (23 minutes  total)
Wednesday | Walk 30 minutes
Thursday | Walk 45 minutes
Friday | Walk 10 minutes. Then jog 1 minute, walk 1 minute and repeat 4 times. Walk 5 minutes (23 minutes total)
Saturday | Walk 60 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total jogging: 8 minutes/week
Total exercise: 216 minutes/week

(Month 10) Even though jogging boosts intensity, keep one long walk on the calendar each week. Note: If you notice joint pain, particularly in your knees or ankles, reduce jogging time or switch to all walking.

Monday | Walk briskly 35 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 10 minutes. Then jog 2 minutes, walk 1 minute and repeat 4 times. Walk 5 minutes (27 minutes total)
Wednesday | Walk 30 minutes
Thursday | Walk 45 minutes
Friday | Walk 10 minutes. Then jog 5 minutes, walk 2 minutes and repeat once. Walk 10 minutes (34 minutes total)
Saturday | Walk 60 minutes
Sunday | Off
Total jogging: 18 minutes/week
Total exercise: 231 minutes/week

(Month 11 and beyond) Try adding short running intervals. But it’s OK to stick with walk/jog or even all-walk workouts. Hills and speed bursts add intensity and fun, so continue to include them. Note: Avoid tough workouts on consecutive days.

Monday | Walk briskly 30 minutes
Tuesday | Walk 10 minutes, jog 20 minutes, walk 5 minutes (35 minutes total)
Wednesday | Walk 30 minutes
Thursday | Walk 45 minutes
Friday | Walk 10 minutes. Then walk 1 minute, jog 1 minute, run 1 minute and repeat 6 times. Walk 5 minutes (33 minutes total)
Saturday | Walk briskly 60 minutes or hike 90 minutes or more, taking breaks.
Sunday | Off
Total jogging/running: 32 minutes/week
Total exercise: 233 minutes/week



 

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