Exercise Workouts with Baby & Toddler

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I avoided posting this one for awhile as I am no expert.  I worked really hard pre-baby to get healthy, eat properly and exercise regularly.  I would take my dog for a 45 min walk every day and do 30 min of yoga every day too.  Two children later, I am lucky if I get a walk in every two weeks, maybe yoga once every month or two.  The most exercise I get is running up and down the stairs doing laundry, fetching things for the kids, and bringing kids to and from naps.

I really want to get back into as good shape and health as I was pre-kids but that is super hard.  Not only do I not have a lot of time to exercise, I have the two kids to keep entertained while I do it, and frankly I am so sleep-deprived and exhausted that given an hour to myself I would rater lie on the couch and catch up on my favourite show while surfing facebook or take a shower.  Exercise is NOT at the top of my to-do list.

So how to get back in shape?  How to attempt to get that pre-baby body back?  The first thing I did is watch what I eat really closely.  Another challenge, doing groceries and cooking healthy food is also difficult, time constraints and the fact that I need a meal that baby, toddler and husband will eat without making a bunch of different meals mean that I have my work cut out for me.  I try to keep fresh fruits available for snacking when I can, make sure I am getting a lot of protein, and try not to snack at night.  Not snacking at night makes a big difference.  It is one of the easiest ways to start getting back on track.

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To get more active I try to do activities that will give me good exercise WITH the kids:

  • 11715952_10155841117845245_1969913496_nGymnastics class.  Bee & Po’s not mine.  I could not believe how exhausting it was chasing after her at gymnastics, taking her on the beam, hanging from the bars, swinging from the rings and ropes, jumping on the trampoline.  My sister counts that as gym time and jumps at the chance to take my daughter through her class.
  • Baby-wearing Po while Athena rides in the stroller is fun.  We all love the fresh air and connecting with nature.
  • Salsa Babies or Baby-wearing Latin dancing is my favourite as well.  The Early-Years Centre where I am offers a free class once a month and I make sure to sign up for it right away (it fills up fast).  It’s a great way to get moving with baby and a chance to meet some more moms.  Both my two loved dancing with me in the carrier and it was a really good workout for me.
  • Salsa Tots.  Another free class offered through the Early Years Centre once a month.  Although the class is technically for Bee, it’s a great workout for me especially wearing Po.  Dancing around, sometimes holding both of them is a great way to work out.
  • 11049640_10153755084199478_6036949789566270002_nYoga.  I get out a yoga matt for Bee so she can try to do it with me, Po can sit and watch or when he was little he would lie in front of me on a pillow.  Granted I end up having to hold one of them and usually end up breast-feeding during yoga (why they always decide they need milk NOW is beyond me).  Still it is a way to get moving and feel better.
  • Wii Fit.  If any of you still have the Wii fit with the balance board use it!  You can make a baby stats account for your littles and weigh them occasionally to keep track of their stats too.  It is great exercise and you can do it while babywearing (but ignore the wii telling you how overweight you are while wearing little).  My toddler even tries to do the activities along with me, I can put the kids to play near me, in the swing, or if they are having a quick nap.
  • 11716098_10155841117515245_261542851_nGo swimming.  You may not get as much exercise while holding a baby as you would on your own, but it’s still good exercise.  Bee loves to “fly” while in the pool so my arms get a good workout throwing her in the air and catching her.  People love swimming with babies maybe a friend or relative will play with your little for a few minutes while11720460_10155871538800245_1877126963_n you try to do a few laps or go underwater to swim for a bit.  Plus it’s a nice relaxing way to get a few minutes of peace.  I also discovered you can do laps WITH baby, put them in an inflatable boat and push it in front of you while you do laps.
  • Baby-wear while cleaning.  Vacuuming, washing the floors, all great exercise!
  • Go shopping!  Pushing both kids in a double stroller, then holding Po and chasing Bee around a store is also good exercise.  If we hit the mall or an outdoor shopping center (or Ikea!) and walk around for awhile it is amazing how exhausting it can be.

What way’s do you try and incorporate exercise into your routine?  Do you find it challenging post-baby to get back into shape and eat healthy?

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A mom of two trying to stay sane while running a household, working part-time from home and looking after her baby, toddler and husband.


30 comments

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    Shann Eva says:

    We just took tumbling, and it was definitely more of a workout for me than them. All the chasing! These all are great ideas. It’s so hard to find any extra minutes as a mom. Thanks for posting!

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      Hil says:

      I hope your little one enjoys tumbling as much as mine do! At least it keeps mama busy too. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you continue to find easy ways to get in some minutes too!

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    Trisha @ The Ham & Cheese Of It says:

    Alright start of rant so you’re prepared – I want to do mommy and me yoga so bad. But it isn’t offered here. So six months ago a woman posted on our community board that she would be starting a new yoga class on the other side of base. She wanted suggestions on what type of yoga class people like to see. So obviously I said I would just love a mommy and me yoga class where I could be interactive with my daughter. Her response. I kid you not, “yoga is a time of quite reflection. If you have ever done yoga you would know that. If you want to do yoga hire a baby sitter.” I obviously responded hotly to her extremely rude and unprofessional response. Especially because this woman has three children of her own. Well karma bit her because her classes were in the middle of the day (you know perfect for SAHM) and no one was come to her $10 an hour class. So she posted saying “children may now attend my class as long as they are quite”. She got blown up on our community page for that one. I mean really are her three kids quite? Moral of the story. I am jealous of your mommy and me class. Our yoga instructor is mean. End rant.

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      Hil says:

      This was so funny to read. I would be super annoyed too. Not cool at all! I had a yoga class in college, and the teacher didn’t mind if you brought kids, she said the opposite to your teacher, you should be focused enough that you can block them out. Either way it’s too bad you weren’t able to find a class. That picture was done at a baby show I have attended, I don’t go to mom & baby yoga classes (I would have to bring my toddler too) but I have always wanted to as well!

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    Yanique says:

    You are so right about doing fun activities with the kids. I go in cycles of being active and working out. One year I’ll be on it and the next not so much. I do find that playing more and getting outside with my kids helps to keep my weigh stabilized. Great info!

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    Donnabeth says:

    Thanks for all your suggestions and I salute your efforts of going back on the healthy track. Indeed it is difficult to go back to our ‘pre-kids body’, I am also working my way through it. I just started cutting back on processed foods and sweets. I dance/exercise daily for 15 minutes and my 4 year old loves to imitate my routine!

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      Hil says:

      That sounds familiar to me too! Yoga is an excuse for climbing all over mommy. Then it becomes a weight lifting workout too. Good on you for trying.

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    Dayne says:

    Sounds like you’ve got this multitasking thing down! Way to make the most of your time while still taking care of yourself! Great job!

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    Chrissa - Physical Kitchness says:

    Oh my gosh just because you aren’t an “expert” doesn’t mean you can’t post your thoughts, ideas and inspiration! This is a great list. Sounds like you are in expert in trying to find ways to take care of yourself AND your family. Bravo 🙂

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    April G says:

    Now that my eldest is in school, I really have to figure out what exactly I’m doing to get back into shape. These are some great ideas. Thanks for linking up with Turn it Up Tuesday.

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    Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. says:

    It looks like you are having a blast being active with your kiddos! That’s the best thing about this whole list… being active and building great memories for all of you! Thanks for linking up with us at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Can’t wait to see you back next week!

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    Lily @ lilydaily.com says:

    Hi Hil, Love the tips! I remember when our kids were little, I couldn’t really exercise because I was focused on trying to carve a little time by myself to exercise (which is nearly impossible when you have little guys), your various mom/tot exercise tips are great ways to keep fit since they are doable and realistic : )
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    Eugenia says:

    I haven’t got children yet, but I understand how it can be difficult to get back into shape! I used to go to the gym regularly, but it’s hard to find time to exercise when you work all day! So I think Wii Fit would be a nice tool to keep fit or go shopping! The last one is perfect for me! LOL
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      Hil says:

      Yes! And when you work all day you are tired and exhausted and don’t always WANT to go to the gym, sleeping or relaxing seem like better ideas sometimes 🙂

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      Hil says:

      Thanks Myda. I am no where near where I used to be but we also have to be realistic and forgiving, kids are a lot of work and take up most of our time and energy, we cannot always devote the time we would like to weight loss, exercise and eating healthy.

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