Being someone who’s really into her fitness, there was no question in my mind that I’d get back into the swing of things after giving birth to my daughter. Yes, having a baby or child to look after makes things a little more difficult but if you’re determined to keep active then exercising as a mum can be pretty easy (and you don’t really have an excuse). Exercising as a Mum is challenging and as Madison gets older I’m sure I’ll find more hurdles and reasons why it’ll be a bit more difficult for me to find the time, but keeping active doesn’t have to just be a hardcore gym session. Yes, I’m very much into my HIIT session and gym classes, but having a child there are so many other ways in which you can burn calories.
I recently had a chat with Get The Lable on how many calories on average a Mum can burn in a day by even doing the simplest of chores around the house and it was quite interesting to see that even when I didn’t think I’d be doing much, it’s actually making quite a difference! They wrote an article on their website about a Parent’s Day in Calories & even had a table to show roughly how many calories each exercise burned. For example did you know that just running up and down the stairs umpteen times a day (you know from all of that forgetting we do with baby brain) can burn 50 calories?!
Being a Mum, you’ve got so much to do but if you’re really into your fitness or even if you just have a solid end goal that you want to get to, then it can be done. If you’ve read any of my other recent fitness posts then you’ll know I’ve not been happy with my post-pregnancy body since I gave birth, but with regular exercise (even with Madison tagging along) I’ve managed to nail the whole ‘exercising as a mum’ thing and make quite a big difference in the way my body looks already. In the past 6 months I’ve dropped 5 inches in total (which you can read more about in my Fitness Diaries: March Update post) and although sometimes I am very fortunate to have my Mum around to help look after Madison, there are other ways I manage to get in my fitness whilst I have her in my care too.
You would’ve seen me go on about RWL a million times by now if you follow my blog or follow me on Instagram, but RWL has honestly been a lifesaver when it’s come to fitting in my exercise and dropping the lbs after having Madison. Their 12 week post natal Results With Bump programme was the perfect plan to get me back into shape and gain my strength back after giving birth. The slow-paced plan helps rebuild muscle strength and your fitness levels in a specifically designed programme for ladies who have just had a baby and with exercises designed to even use your baby as a weight there’s not much left in the way of an excuse to not get up and move. Following on from RWB, Results with Lucy have so many more amazing plans which are so easy to fit into your busy lifestyles and around children. You only need a tiny space to do them in and virtually no equipment! Get baby down for a nap, in her bouncer or jumperoo and you’re good to go!
Go for a walk!
Exercising as a mum doesn’t have to be all strict regimes though, within fitness, resistance is a bloody gem and it really helps burn those calories. Pop your little into the pram all nice and snug as a bug and pull your trainers on and get out for a brisk walk. Whether you’re on a flat path, steep incline or walking across grass and gravel, no matter where you walk the pushchair will act as some pretty hefty resistance (depending on how old your child is) and will work you even harder as you walk. Walking every day or even a few days of the week gets you both out of the house with some fresh air and gets your body moving (which according to Get The Label’s research can burn around 201 calories for around an hour) – plus, it’s a much better way of getting some errands done too!
Park time fun
Although Madison’s not quite at the age where I can run around after her at the park, she’s definitely going to be an active child soon. What better way to wear out your little than an action packed park date? You’ll be running around, pushing the swings, jumping up and down on a seesaw or even bouncing around at soft play, either way it’ll all burn calories! You’ll both be having fun and those calories will basically be melting away (80-120 for just 30 mins). See, I told you exercising as a Mum didn’t have to be boring!
Being active doesn’t always have to be in the most common ‘exercise’ ways, with a baby or toddler you can have so much fun with it and will most of the time be exercising without even knowing it! Definitely take a peek over at Get The Label’s blog post to see how many calories your daily tasks are burning, I was so surprised at how many calories were burnt just by loading the washing – and god knows I do at least 1046399 loads a week!!
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