How Moms Find Time to Exercise with a Baby

Exercise is essential to our mental and physical health.  Regular exercise helps prevent many health conditions and diseases, controls weight, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, improves mood and can help stave off postpartum depression.  However, as a parent, it can feel impossible to find a single second in the day to exercise.  Here are a few tips to help your carve out time to exercise as a mom.

1. Wake up early.  I know, you think I'm crazy for even suggesting this.  You don't get enough sleep as it is.  However, waking up before the kids and taking some time to yourself has positive mood and health benefits.  Studies show that people who wake up early are more successful, more productive and have better mental health.  Exercising in the morning is also a great way to kick start your metabolism and sets the tone for a healthy day.  It will give you time to enjoy some peace and quiet before the chaos of the day begins.  So set that alarm clock (and the coffee timer.)

2. Invest in a jogging stroller.  Cardio is an excellent form of exercise that improves cardiovascular health, increases metabolism and improves mental health.  Jogging is an effective and simple way to get that cardio in.  Jogging strollers are designed for performance and maneuverability while creating a smooth ride for your little one.  A little bit of sunshine and fresh air can do a world of good towards improving mood.

3. Babywear.  Some exercises can be babywearing compatible.  Babywearing yoga, ballet, dance and other fitness classes can be found in many locations.  Babywearing promotes bonding between mom and baby, along with a number of other benefits.  Just make sure baby is secure, doesn't get jostled around and follow all safety measures.

4. Take advantage of nap time.  While it's tempting to utilize nap time as a time to veg out in front of your favorite show, the time might be better spent doing a workout routine right there in your living room.  Whether you want to follow an exercise program, weight train or do yoga, it is a nice peaceful time to get to workout by yourself.

5. Exercise at night.  If you're more of a night owl than a morning person, you might find it beneficial to exercise at night after the kids are in bed.  The important thing is just to make the time to do it, no excuses, for a better you.

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Maddi Casey is a muscle car driving, hard working mama who is obsessed with football and good beer. She has two beautiful baby girls and loving husband. Writing is a passion, hobby and sometimes career of hers at She is also passionate about animals, nature and entrepreneurship.
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