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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tips for Setting Fitness Goals After Having a Baby

After my son was born, I had some health issues and surgery.  It was scary because my children are so young. I couldn't help but secretly compute how old I would be when my baby graduates from high school, college, graduate school or medical school. I would rock my baby and calculate how old I would be if he had a baby at different ages. I think that it was a combination of postpartum hormones and anxiety about my surgery that made my mind race. In any case, I've calmed down, but one thing that has stayed with me is a desire to eat healthy and exercise. Exercise and good nutrition helped me to push through that difficult phase. I think that many women go through something similar after giving birth, so I hope to share encouragement that helps others. In today's post, I'll talk about my fitness goals and some products that have helped me.

Tips for Setting Fitness Goals After Having a Baby
1. Work with your doctor.
Talk to your doctor about your goals and health concerns. For instance, my OB was supportive of me starting slow with daily walks and eventually cleared me to run and bike again.  

2. Ease into a walking routine.
Personally, my doctor did not clear me for strenuous exercise until 8-weeks postpartum due to my health issues.  However, I was allowed to walk.  My husband and I took slow walks around our neighborhood. At first, I could only walk to one end of our street and back. However, making daily progress boosted my spirits. I slowly increased my pace and distance each day.

3. Wear your baby on walks.
After 8-weeks, I was able to walk at a relatively normal pace and "wear" my baby. I have a Baby Bjorn carrier and enjoyed taking walks with him in it.  He was my warm little cuddle bug on these walks. The fresh air and exercise made me feel better.

4. Jog with a jogging stroller.
Once you are cleared and your baby is old enough, invest in a jogging stroller. It's a win-win for us since I enjoy the exercise and my baby loves to ride and watch the scenery!

5. Use an iBert on your bicycle.
Finally, my favorite workout is to go on a bike ride with my baby.  We use the iBert Red Safe T Seat. This product changed our family's lifestyle because my husband and I take turns riding our bikes with our older child in order to take him to/from school.  It's a great lifestyle to teach our children good exercise habits by riding bikes to school everyday.  It wouldn't be possible for us without the iBert Red Safe T Seat.  This trendy seat is awesome!  We love it and our little one loves it.   Here are some features of it:

  • 3-point safety harness with quick adjustment.
  • Comfortable contoured seat with no sharp edges.
  • Removable seat pad, absorbs bumps and is easy to clean.
  • Padded steering wheel for interactive fun.
  • Handy hex wrench storage on steering wheel base.
  • Solid leg wells help protect legs from wheel area and objects from falling into wheels.

Our little one seems to be cozy in his iBert Safe T Seat. He also loves the little padded steering wheel. It's fun to see his big smile as he plays with it!  He loves our bike rides. There is something about going outside and enjoying a nice breeze that puts everyone into a good mood. (Click here to learn the specs, age and weight guidelines, and other details.)

Here is a photo of him with my husband. We take turns riding around with the baby. It's a lot of fun.

I hope that you enjoyed learning about things that I have done to improve my fitness after having my baby.  Incorporating my baby into my healthy lifestyle goals has been helpful. I'm a work-in-progress, but haven't given up and continue to keep moving!

Disclosure: I am not a medical professional. I'm a mom that is hoping to spread happiness and encouragement to other moms.  Always talk to your doctor for advice.  You should visit the manufacturer website of products that we feature for full details.

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