Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) for the last three months has taught me so much. It’s taught me that one cup of coffee can be reheated 23 times throughout the day and still taste decent. That if you’re lucky, you will get to shower maybe two or three times a week. It’s taught me all of the songs on Word Party and Little Baby Bum. And unfortunately, I’ve learned that sometimes exercise can take a backseat to caring for a baby.
Before and during pregnancy, up until giving birth, I was pretty active. I went to the gym at least three times a week. My husband and I would go on hikes almost every weekend. During pregnancy I kept pursuing my fitness because I wanted to be the healthiest I could be for the baby. But now that the baby is here, I have found that my health hasn’t been as much of a priority for me. I think this happens to a lot of moms. Both working and SAHM.
I am so thankful to have had the chance to stay home with my baby for the last few months. Spending time with her is my number one priority. But taking care of ourselves is just as important before and during pregnancy as it is after the baby comes. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of those you love. Yes, chasing around a crawling baby or a walking toddler does get exhausting. But, if you’re looking for other ways to get some physical activity, while also spending time your littles, I have come up with a list of 5 tips on how to stay active as a mom.
Workout at home
I have a tiny house. Sometimes it’s hard to find space with all of the baby toys in the way and the furniture. But, I have come to find you can do simple home exercises with just a little bit of space and time. I try to designate a time in the morning when the baby isn’t cranky and turn on a quick 10-20 minute workout video on Youtube. I’ll either make sure she is occupied with a toy or I’ll let her be a part of my workout. 8-month-old’s make GREAT weights 😉 I try to do this 2-3 times a week. My favorite workouts to do are BodyFit By Amy. She has great workouts for pregnancy and postpartum that target a variety of muscle groups and have various durations.
Get out that stroller!
My baby loves to be outside. Most babies do. There is so much to see out there! I try to take her on a daily walk around the neighborhood in the stroller. Sometimes I’ll even add a jog if I’m feeling ambitious. You can keep it simple and stay local or drive to a park. It keeps her occupied, me moving and we both get to have some fresh air. There’s nothing worse than being cooped up in your mom cave for a week without feeling the sunshine hit your face. Even though it’s winter, as long as its not below freezing, we bundle up and get out there!
Put on a baby carrier
When you’re a stay at home mom it can feel like housework is never ending. So, why not make it a workout and feel twice as accomplished? Anytime I’m doing a chore where I need the baby out of the way, I put her in the baby carrier and haul her around with me on my back at the same time. After a couple hours of bending and squatting from scrubbing floors and picking stuff up off the ground, your legs will be jello. But, at least you got a solid workout in! You can put your baby in the carrier to do a home workout as well!
Have a dance party
I always say that if someone recorded me throughout the day, they would choke on their food from laughing. It gets weird around here guys. Especially when I blast some tunes on Alexa, grab my baby and start twirling around the kitchen. Looks weird, feels awesome and the baby loves it.
Mommy & me exercise groups
If you go to the website Fit4Mom, you can find local exercise groups made just for moms! These groups are awesome because you can bring your little ones while you workout. Some of the groups include Stroller Strides, which is a total body exercise program using your stroller. They also have Stroller Barre and Run Club that can be done with your baby. There are options for solo mom workouts as well if you just need some YOU time. These groups are a great way to meet more mamas and get some adult interaction too. Just type in your city and they will provide several different locations and classes to sign up for.
Being at home with your babies 24/7 can surely be exhausting. Sometimes I’m lucky if I even remember to brush my teeth. But, these moments I spend with with her are so precious. You won’t ever get time back, but you can get your body back. Remember that YOU are a priority too. Just have fun with it and remember that if you couldn’t bare doing those squats today, there is always tomorrow. Hope this helps 😊 What are some of your suggestions on how to stay active?