Shaping up after birth is a priority to many moms, but getting started can be tricky. If you’re still recovering from the birth process and want to ease into exercise slowly, here are some ideas to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
1. Wear toning shoes when you walk
There are plenty of good-quality toning shoes out there that are specially tailored to help you burn calories as you move. Wear them when pushing a stroller around the mall or while taking baby for a walk.
2. Wear ankle weights around the house
If you’re house-bound for the next few weeks or months, ankle weights are a worthy investment. Strap them on as soon as you start your day and torch some calories while performing household chores or looking after baby.
3. Make running up stairs a rule
Whether it’s at the mall, on your way up to a friend’s apartment or in a big house, run up every stair you see. Always opt for the stairs. Moving up them quickly can be a valuable calorie burner on a day-to-day basis.
4. Swap your seat for an exercise ball
Not only does this strengthen your core muscles and pelvic floor, it improves energy levels as well. Swap your seat when burping baby or when you have some relaxation time in front of the television.
5. Invest in a mini trampoline
This is one of the best pieces of home equipment – whether you’re a new mom or not. Gentle rebounding is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your pelvic floor, improve core strength and tighten skin. Just 10 minutes a day will make a difference.
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