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How to work out with a newborn

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It’s crazy, right? When you’re juggling a total lack of sleep (umm, hello 3 hours!), other kids, trying to get food into all the mouths, including maybe your own, changing a gazillion diapers, and feeling like you’re glued down with a nursing wee babe. Yep, the last thing most of us want to do in that situation is work out.. but often it’s the one thing that can give energy and help make us stronger in the long run.

How can you do it when it seems like there’s a free-flowing to-do list? I follow a few little steps:

  • Set out workout clothes so they’re easy to grab and pop on when you’re in a mad dash
  • At the slightest sign of sleeping baby, set him down in a bouncy chair (or Momaroo in my case), and RUN to get your gear on and the DVD queued up
  • Press play and get as far as you can. Sometimes I have to nurse the little guy, pop him back down, and carry on where I left off.
  • Try to get your spouse on board. Having the help of someone who can occupy the kidlets during your workout, or even for the last few minutes when things get crazy is soooooo helpful!

Obviously none of this would be possible yet if I had to head to a gym. I haaaate gyms, so there’s that too. Workout DVDs that I can do on my own time at home are almost a luxury.

Want to get going on your own with workouts at home? You can get the one I’m doing (PiYo) here. It’s PERFECT as a first workout program to do after having a baby, and also great for during pregnancy!

Here’s some PiYo in action:

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4 Comments

  • Reply sarah |

    Without trying to sound too cheesy: I’m very impressed and inspired by you! Keep up the good work

    • Reply Shauna Haddow |

      Thanks! My little one is 6 months in a few days too!
      How is fitness going for you?

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