Exercising once your baby has arrived can present a new set of challenges for brand new mums. But once your doctor has given you the all clear following your check up, there are some simple ways to dip your toe back into the workout world.
Whether it’s reformer Pilates, boxing or spin that takes your fancy, nothing gets those endorphins pumping quite like getting active. Here are our favourite ways to make sure you are getting a good workout while ensuring that your mum-life is in balance too.
It may sound silly but not all gyms are created equally! Take a few tours and check out the childcare facilities available to you. Usually this service comes with a small additional fee but an hour alone in the gym is worth it’s weight in gold when you are caring for a baby 24/7. Alternatively, look at what gyms in your area offer after-hour classes so you can take advantage of them once another set of hands arrives home. Our hot tip? Always look at the gym bathrooms to make sure they are up to scratch; your post workout shower may be the only one you get to take alone this week, so you may as well make the most of it!
Have you ever found yourself at the foot of a staircase wondering how on Earth you are going to manage it with a pram? New mums become accessibility savvy very quickly once they have a baby in tow. Do your research first and look for walks with sealed surfaces or boardwalks before you set off to ensure you use your workout time getting your heart rate up and NOT your stress levels. As baby gets older they will love sitting up in the pram and enjoying the scenery so find a few wetland or beach walks that suit your needs. Look for walks with hills and inclines to give yourself even more of a challenge.
What better way to get out and meet other new mums than while planking in the park! There are many group personal training companies that cater specifically to mum and bubs so look at what is on offer in your area. Bring a blanket and let your baby enjoy their favourite toys while you work up a sweat with a qualified trainer. Better still, encourage your bub to have some tummy time while he watches you pump out a set of push ups in front of him. Group personal training is a cost-effective way to get trainer support and enjoy a laugh with other mums. Your baby will probably love being around other babies too!
Let’s face it, some weeks it is just impossible to leave the house. Teething, tantrums, bugs or sleep regression can sometimes hold you hostage in your own home for days on end. During those times, accessing online exercise programs or free training apps can be a sanity-saver. Look for free trials so you can test out if this type of exercise works for you. Often the programs call for nothing more than a steady chair and a set of weights. Don’t have weights at home? You can always improvise with some cans from the pantry.
Once you have found the right exercise for you then there will be no stopping you. Go for it!
There are two types of women in the world: those who pack their hospital bags at 20 weeks ‘because time flies’ and those who pack it in between contractions – also ‘because time flies’. No matter which camp you fall into (and we love you all here at Maze), there are certain things you’ll need for your trip to the maternity ward. I’ve popped together the ultimate hospital bag checklist, so you don’t even have to think about it – just pack the stuff and get on your way when the time comes. Check it out…
You probably won’t notice you’ve stopped doing this, but now you’re a mum, looking after yourself is still super important. Maybe even more important than it used to be way back in the day when you had the time and inclination to do it. While your focus might be getting pulled in a million different directions, the truth remains: you’re still here, you still matter and your health and wellbeing is a priority. So many of us mums get sucked down a rabbit hole of self-neglect so deep it can literally take years to clamber back out. Add to that those of us with multiple kids, jobs, partners and even friendships that need attention – where is the headspace left for us? I have to admit it, there was a year or so there, where I just completely forgot to look after myself. Like, at all. It’s an easy habit to slip into.
Self care for new mums is so essential, especially when it means setting up good habits for the long term. So how do we do it? How do we get ouroxygen masks on first?