new mama fitness: 10 ways to make it happen

Good morning! How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

We sure did. On Friday I got my second tattoo that I’ve been waiting to get since before Hunter was even born. So glad it finally happened!

On my arm a little owl and verse – He was a might Hunter before the Lord.

Hunter was a champ the whole time and mainly napped on Jacob. That was great, but then it was kind of tricky getting him to sleep once we were home.

Saturday I taught total body conditioning and body pump. We had Jacob’s parent’s over for dinner and we all enjoyed watching Hunter eat. That boy cracks me up.

Sunday was a nice family day at home. We watched two movies – Christmas Vacation and Ted + had lots of time together relaxing and in the kitchen too.

Finding time for fitness as a new mom

I remember when I was pregnant I thought I would be able to do it all. I’d still be blogging every day (hmmm ya that hasn’t happened), dinner would be a fantastic creation all the time, the house would be clean… all that kind of stuff. Little did I know how full my hands would be with this crazy little kid.

He’s gotten a lot more independent lately and happy playing with his toys, which gives me a tad more time to get things done, but still not much.

I know if I wasn’t teaching my exercise classes throughout the week, I would have trouble fitting that in. I feel so lucky that my workouts are already planned into my week and I just can’t skip out on them if I don’t feel like it. Believe me, there are days I’m tired and it’s the last thing on my mind.

However, not all new moms have that luxury. That got me thinking, how would I find time to make it happen if I wasn’t teaching?

Here are 10 ways:

  1. Limit the workouts to short, high intensity workouts
  2. Wake up 20 minutes earlier and start the day with my workout
  3. Plan the workout for his first nap if he wakes up earlier than normal (like today!)
  4. Plan a stroller workout date with another mom
  5. Go for a run with the jogging stroller
  6. Workout DVDs – pause as needed if he’s awake and they allow me to turn my brain off
  7. Family walk together when Jacob gets home
  8. Workout with Hunter as my 16 pound weight – keeping it simple – squats, lunges, push ups, crunches, etc.
  9. Do some serious cleaning
  10. At the end of the day if I haven’t gotten to it, do a yoga video once Jacob gets home

I think the key for me would be making it happen earlier in the day. This little guy wears me out with him go-go-going all day long!

Lately I haven’t been running as much as I’d like to, but my teaching schedule is going to slow down a bit for the next couple week with the holidays so I’ll have to plan in #5 on one of my non teaching days.

Are you a mom, new mom, or just a busy lady? How do you fit fitness into your routine?

Heather

13 thoughts on “new mama fitness: 10 ways to make it happen

  1. GREAT post- all so true! Running with the stroller was totally key for me (outside of teaching). It was hard to plan (still sort of is on some days) to get up earlier than they wake up since they’re not always on the same schedule. I think its just fit it in when you can!! Love the tattoo!

  2. In the beginning I would work out while he napped or hold him during my workout. Then as he got old enough to roll around and be happy with toys I’d just workout while he layed on the floor next to me or some nights I would wait until he was asleep. Once he was sleeping through the night I started getting up early and working out before work so my evenings are all about play and supper time. I don’t believe in “not having time” to workout – not if it’s something that is truly important to you.

    Love the tattoo!

    • So true Erika, if you want to make it happen it will. I think I’m just really bad about making excuses for things! I haven’t tried working out while Hunter’s been around and playing. I think that might actually work some times. A good option!

  3. My baby’s almost 8 months now and I’ve got a marathon planned for April so I have to make time to train! At the moment I’m getting up early a couple of mornings during the week to fit in short runs while my husband looks after the baby if she wakes up. She’s usually gone to bed when he gets home in the evenings so it’s nice he gets this time with her. I know what you mean about thinking you’ll have loads of time for blogging etc while you are still pregnant. That is definitely not happening for me. Most meals are cooked as quickly as possible and although good, not really different to things I’ve done before and so not really blog-worthy. When I do make something I want to blog about it then can take me a couple of weeks to find the time to actually do it! You seem to be doing really well though and Hunter is gorgeous.

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE the tattoo! That is so awesome!
    I am not a mother, but these are great tips, I will definitely have to share with my sister who is a mother and having a difficult time fitting in fitness as well!
    Thanks for the great tips! :)

  5. I love that Hunter is sitting up all by himself! What a big boy!
    I can’t wait till Roberto can too! :-)

    I’ve been having a hard time getting back into a workout routine. Roberto was a horrible sleeper the first 3 months. Thankfully he’s sleeping MUCH better, so I really look forward to sticking to a schedule in the new year!

    • So glad he’s been a better sleeper for you! I began to feel back to normal once I began getting a solid chunk of sleep again. But now with solids and possibility teething we’ve been up at night again… it always stays exciting! :)

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