Working Out After Baby By Meghan Barrett

You just had a baby and everything looks different now – your sleep schedule, how you think, what you do on a day-to-day basis and…your body.

Working out not only helps you improve your body composition and overall health, but it can help you sleep better, reduce stress and help reduce symptoms of postpartum mood disorders including anxiety, depression and baby blues.

You already have so much going on, how are you going to prioritize working out?

Fitness Facilities with Childcare

You don’t have to worry about arranging childcare or working around your child’s schedule – just drop them off at their daycare and workout knowing your child is well taken care of. Added bonus – you can talk to other moms and adults without being interrupted.

YMCA of the Triangle – multiple locations

The YMCA offers 2 hours a day of childcare and an array of workout classes from high intensity to yoga. There is also plenty of equipment, an indoor track and personal training. The YMCA is an excellent option for a mom that likes to work out on her own or with groups.

Burn Bootcamp – multiple locations

Burn offers group strength and cardio classes. Childcare is available during your class which is usually filled with other moms. No need to plan your workout, just show up.

CrossFit Contrivance – Apex

CFC is a family run business with family as the focus. They offer childcare for a number of classes as well as class times to fit everyone’s schedule. When the kiddos get older they can join in on the fun in CrossFit Kids and Teens.

Fuel Fitness NC – Durham

Fuel is a full service gym with group classes. Children 2 and up can enjoy two hours in the Kids’ Club and kids under 2 – one hour. The main caretaker has been there for 15 years; so you know your kids will be in good hands!

Workout with your Kids

If you’d rather your kids tag along on your workout, get them involved too!

Fit4Mom – Western Wake, Raleigh & Chapel Hill

Grab your stroller and some snacks and workout with your kids in tow. You can work out while entertaining your little one. You don’t have to miss out on time with your kids while you work out.

Your Pelvic Floor

While it may be common to leak – it’s not normal. Your pelvic floor is a muscle and you need to take care of it and strengthen it properly; especially after pregnancy and birth. Check out a local pelvic floor PT that can assess your exact needs.

Results PT – locations around the Triangle

Results incorporate a comprehensive and individualized approach to examination and treatment.

Something is more than nothing

When it comes down to working out as a mom, remember that doing something is better than nothing. You don’t have to lose all the weight right away, you carried a baby for around 10 months, just gave birth AND you have a lot going on; give yourself a break. 

Be consistent and find something you enjoy. A 10 minute walk around the neighborhood is still more than nothing.

On days when you can’t get to the gym and working out feels impossible – what is something you can do? Something is always better than nothing.

*Consult your doctor or midwife before participating in a workout regimen.

Meghan Barrett is a mom, Mom Coach & Podcaster. She helps moms create confidence and feel connected by utilizing small, consistent actions. Something  > Nothing.

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Allyoumama.com – https://www.allyoumama.com/

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