5 ways new Parents can stay Fit » Next Step Fitness

Congratulations on becoming new parents! Staying fit while taking care of your little one can be a challenge, but the alternative seems to be ignoring your health, fitness and wellness–until your kids move out. I’ve seen this too many times, and I want to tell you that you can stay fit, and it only takes 20 minutes/day!

1. Include your baby in your exercise routine: Use a baby carrier or stroller while going for walks or jogs. This allows you to spend time with your baby while getting some exercise.

2. Home workouts: Opt for workouts that you can do at home when your baby is napping or playing nearby. Look for online exercise programs designed for postnatal fitness or consider investing in exercise equipment like resistance bands or dumbbells. Of course, check out my Pain-Free and Fit Program for all my 20 minute and less solutions!

3. Join a parent-and-baby fitness class: Many fitness centers and community centers offer classes specifically designed for new parents. These classes allow you to exercise in a supportive environment while bonding with your baby and connecting with other parents.

4. Involve your partner: Share the responsibilities of childcare with your partner to create opportunities for both of you to engage in physical activities. Take turns watching the baby, so each of you gets time for your fitness routines. Creating a culture of health and fitness, early on, is crucial for everyone’s well being.

5. Prioritize self-care: Getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress are all important for overall well-being. As a new parent, remember to take care of yourself, as it will positively impact your energy levels and ability to stay active. This will empower you to be the parent you always envisioned yourself being, instead of being lethargic, in pain, and inactive.

Remember to consult your healthcare provider before starting any new fitness routine, especially if you’ve recently given birth. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific needs and health status.