As I wrote in my previous post, getting fit at home is a relatively new concept to me – one that I never believed possible. I always figured that there was no way I could get a workout intense enough for me to maintain or even improve my current fitness level at home. Yes – I was a total Gym Rat.
Then I had kids, which totally added to my belief that I couldn’t workout hard enough at home – so I didn’t try.
I then met some fabulous friends on Twitter, tweeting with the hashtag #mamavation*. They were all achieving amazing results… AT HOME! So as much as I inspired them running on my lunches while working and pregnant, they also inspired me and proved to me that yes, I can get fit at home.
AND I can get fit with a baby at home! There are so many options!
My kids LOVE “helping” mommy do her “fiti-ness”. I don’t even have to wait until baby Amber is asleep to workout – my daughters stretch and move the baby’s arms while she “watches” from her bouncy chair. They keep the baby entertained and I get a workout in!
A few years ago game makers woke up and realised they had an untapped market… Women! There are so many options for your game console be it xBox or Wii or Playstation 3. I personally like my EASports Active for the Wii, but there’s also The Biggest Loser, Just Dance and whole pile of others. Baby Amber either watches, or I do this while she’s sleeping.
It’s no secret – I like to run! Sometime over the past five years (since I had my first daughter) the stroller companies created jogging strollers that hold an infant car seat. This is great because now you don’t have to wait until baby is 6 mos to start returning to running, or even starting to run with a couch to 5K running program. I’ve been back running for a few weeks now and occasionally I even manage to get my 5 yo to ride her bike alongside us.
Truthfully I’ve only ever tried my InStep Suburban that I got used for $40, so I really cant recommend any jogging strollers to you.
If Amber is having a fussy day I drop her into my wrap (I have two – one I made at home out of 3 meters of fabric from the fabric store, and a mamankangourou stretchy wrap). I dance, do lunges, squats, walk around the house with my hand weights, do repeats of the stairs, and even occasionally throw on my Zumba DVD with Amber in the wrap. She typically falls asleep within 5-10 min of being placed in the wrap, I get a workout in and my kids either dance with me, laugh at me, or run away to another part of the house to play.
Don’t think it’s possible? Here’s a video of Amber and I at a free trial of a Mommy and Me Zumba class: