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Make Time for Fitness on a Time-Crunched Schedule

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Finding time to exercise is tough for anyone, but especially for new moms. However, it’s important to make fitness a priority. Moving around and getting in shape will make you feel better, and a happy family starts with a happy mom.  If you can squeeze in a 30-minute workout — maybe while your baby is napping or your spouse or a friend looks after your little one — it'll help you fend off stress, burn extra calories, and boost your spirits. Follow these tips (after you consult a physician to make sure you're cleared for activity, of course!) for making regular exercise a part of your busy life.

Break It Up

Working out at least 30 minutes three days a week is recommended by many experts. The good news is you can break your half-hour routine into smaller increments and still see benefits. Try for two 15-minute or three 10-minute sessions each day. If you can't block out that much time, then work fitness into your daily routine as much and as often as you can and watch it add up.

Pencil It In

Schedule time for exercise in the family calendar, and then treat it like an important appointment.

Get Playful

Why not make family time an active time? Instead of vegging out in front of the TV at the end of the day, head outside for a walk. Most babies love a nice stroller ride and it’s a win-win for both you and your baby. 

Get Fit First Thing

Set your alarm clock 15 to 30 minutes earlier than you normally do and enjoy a short workout before the rest of the family starts the day.

 

 
 
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