As a new mum, introducing exercise back into your routine may be the last thing on your mind. It’s hard enough trying to fit in sleeping, showering and eating when you’ve got a little one to care for. Once your baby has adjusted to life outside the womb and things are sinking back to normal (or your new normal!), you will have a little more energy to think about yourself, we promise. What’s more, you no longer have to look at exercise as taking a big chunk of time out of your day, in getting ready, going to the gym and exercising. You can actually combine childcare and fitness with a mother and baby workout — almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
The Izmi Workout is a series of online workout videos that arm you with the tools you need to workout at home while your baby is safe and snug your baby carrier. It’s a way to get fit and bond with your baby without leaving the house.
If we haven’t convinced you about mother and baby fitness, here are six very good reasons to try it out
1 — You can do it anytime
You don’t need to work around nap time, since your baby can get in on the action too. With the supportive carrier, you’ll have your hands free to move and baby will be perfectly safe and secure.
2 — It’s fun for baby too
Being strapped to your chest, baby enjoys the closeness to mum, as well as the gentle movements and music. It’s a really good time for mother and baby bonding.
3 — It’s a mood and energy booster
This gentle routine a couple of times a week can work wonders on your wellbeing. Regular exercise is proven to improve mood and boost energy levels, ideal for supporting you on those non-stop days!
4 — The workouts really work
Exercise isn’t limited because you have a baby strapped to your chest. These workouts focus on strength building in the lower body combined with dance moves and stepping exercises for cardio. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be able to sign up for specialist babywearing classes such as interval training, Pilates or salsa.
5 — Baby is part of your strength training
No matter how small, your baby’s weight will be helping you push yourself. Those squats and lunges will be more of a challenge and more worthwhile when you’re lifting your baby’s weight too.
6 — You’ll burn calories without thinking about it
Walking around with a baby carrier is a small exercise in itself, as it helps to strengthen your core muscles and build stamina through the weight you’re carrying. Adding in some lunges, squats and light cardio will ease you back into exercising again.
Be sure to invest in a good carrier that provides sufficient support for you and your baby. Here are a couple of options from Izmi Baby.