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29Aug 13

Exercise for New Mums and Babies

A new baby is both exciting and challenging, and activities such as exercise and sleep can take a backseat to spending time with your new addition. Finding time to work out may be the last thing on your mind, but exercise for new mums has so many benefits and is not as impossible as it seems. In fact, there are many joint workouts news mums and their little ones can do together. Postnatal exercise is a great way to bond with your baby while getting back into tip-top form.

Exercises for New Mums and Babies

Exercises for new mum and babies

It’s important for everyone to be physically active, not just new mums. Regular exercise reduces the risk of major illness and depression, boosts mood and self-esteem, and helps you live longer. For mums especially, pregnancy takes a toll on the body, stretching and weakening the core abdominal muscles, which stabilize the body and support the back. Getting these muscles back into to shape is not only beneficial for your health, but will also give you the strength needed to continue to hold your baby as he or she grows and gets heavier. Just be sure to check with your doctor that you and your bundle of joy are ready for exercise before starting any fitness regime.

Power Walking

Put baby in a sling or pushchair and get power walking. Taking a brisk stroll is one of the easiest ways to begin exercising after birth, and while baby gets to experience the wonderful world that lies beyond the nursery, your precious cargo adds extra weight to pump up the workout for mum.

Mum and Baby Fitness Classes

Mum and baby fitness classes are growing in popularity every day! Meet other new mums, bond with your child, and enjoy the added benefit of a fitness professional’s guidance. A variety of programmes are available out there, from yoga to Pilates, from swimming to walking groups. Even gymnastics are available!

Home Exercises

It’s not difficult for a new mum to incorporate baby into standard fitness moves that can be done at home. Sit-ups or crunches can be modified to include your little one by plopping the child on your lap so that he or she rests against your thighs. Or simply hold your baby in your arms while you perform a series of squats. For push-ups, lay the baby on the floor and hover above him or her. On the way down, give your baby a kiss!

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