Outdoor Exercising With Your Baby - On A Budget

Every new mum knows its super hard to make time to do any form of exercise after you have had a baby. But if you want to fit back into those pre-pregnancy jeans, again you will need to do at leat 30 minutes of physical activity each day, 5 days a week minimum!

The need to work out everyday is most definitely not something you want to hear after having been through labour and adjusting to a little human in your world. Alterning your sleeping patterns is hard enough let alone trying to fit in a bit of physical exercise.

Every new mum knows its super hard to make time to do any form of exercise after you have had a baby. But if you want to fit back into those pre-pregnancy jeans, again you will need to do at leat 30 minutes of physical activity each day, 5 days a week minimum!

The need to work out everyday is most definitely not something you want to hear after having been though labour and adjusting to a little human in your world. Alterning your sleeping patterns is hard enough let alone trying to fit in a bit of physical exercise.

If you can stay motivated, look for a local gym that has an excellent child minding facilities. Some of our mums go to small private pilates studios where you can tend to your baby quickly if need be. Not everyone can afford to go to a gym or have private PT sessions with a top notch babysitting area. We’ve joined forces and asked some experienced mum’s out there on some handy tips to stay in shape after you have just given birth while on a budget.
Mum’s believe the best way to stay motivated is to team up with with other liked minded mums. This may sound really obvious and simple but will make all the difference in getting you back in shape.

Having a newborn in your world sometimes makes you feel rather house-bound. You feel as though you have spent almost the entire day inside, feeding, changing and getting your little one to sleep. This is when ‘cabin-fever’ can set in. Its important to keep your mind active as well as your body. Here are some tips on outdoor activities on how to stay moving and active in the early years of you little one coming into the world.

Front Pack/Baby Carrier:
These are almost a must for all new mums. Not only does it free up your hands when you have to do household chores, you can really just get out of the house quickly if you want to take a walk down the street for some fresh air. A front pack with your baby on board ads weight to your abdomen area. This is really where you can concentrate on ‘turning’ on your tummy muscles while moving about the house. Engaging your core while carrying baby in the front will start to strengthen those bikini bod abs.
Keep your baby facing you in the early months. When your baby’s neck is strong enough you can face them outward. Jogging or running is not advised with a baby carrier.

Jogging Pram:
A pram that is specifically designed for easy mobility over semi rough terrain. These prams can go almost anywhere where normal prams would struggle. With extra large tyres making it a very smooth and comfortable ride. These prams are also great for brisk walking too. Jogging prams are mostly used for infants 6 months and older because most of the inner seats don’t recline. Very few are design to lie flat for newborns.

Backpack:
Take the chance to get outside when ever you can. If you like to hike, then the best thing for you would be to invest in a baby carrying backpack.
Carrying the weight of your baby on your back as you go about your daily chores and errands will help you burn calories fast. Baby backpacks feature light aluminium or carbon fire frames, chest and hips straps that keep the pack secure without putting too much strain on your lower back. These backpacks are usually used from about 6-8months when your little one likes to be at eye level with everyone else. Another fantastic way to burn those calories, and will keep your little one content as well.

Walking Shoes:
While staying active and outdoors, we recommended you invest in some decent runners or walking shoes. Buying cheap gym shoes at Target or Big W will not do your feet and back any favours especially if you carrying weight in the front or back. ‘Walking Through Pregnancy and Beyond’ by Mark Fenton provides some fantastic insight to answer any expectant or new mum fitness questions. Based on his personal experience, Mark and his wife Lisa offer valuable inspiration and advice on health and fitness through pregnancy and beyond.

*Quick Tip*
Put your baby into the pram just before nap time. By the time you get out the door, your baby will be fast asleep giving you some ‘me’ time while enjoy the outdoors