Four Tips for Getting Back to Exercise as a New Mom

By Shannon Gurnee
In Body
June 22, 2022
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Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about getting back to exercise as a new mom.

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Lots of new moms want to find a way to get back to their prenatal figures. A part of this process is finding the time and motivation to get back into exercise. This post looks at four ways that you can explore physical activity as a new mom. 

Accept your New Limitations

First things first, your limitations are entirely different from before your baby was born. This is a new concept to get your mind on board with and it can be extremely difficult, so be kind to yourself because life has changed. It can be a shock to the system, but it doesn’t have to be long-lasting. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your mind adapts to the new way of things and it can be fun to explore new ways to get back to exercising and your pre-baby activities. 

Workout with Your Baby

Find a local group to take your baby to and work out. There are plenty around and these options can be a fun way to meet fellow parents, socialize with your baby, and work out at the same time. You won’t always have the option for a solo exercise session and you might not want to leave your baby to do so. So these kinds of groups are a good middle ground to explore. You can even try doing this at home by either incorporating your baby into your workout safely with the right guidance from a virtual fitness instructor. 

Think about Sleep

Every baby is different, especially when it comes to sleep. Some may sleep through from as early as three months old, others take a while longer. Regardless, expect that there will be a major change to your sleep routine. You may already have had a taste of this during that third trimester, but there is no way to tell just how extreme that sleep deficit will hit until you are in the thick of it with your newborn. Sleep has a major impact on your ability to focus and stay motivated with daily tasks. Where you might have had a solid exercise routine in place before your pregnancy, chances are your new routine doesn’t allow for the same activities. If you can, make sure that you are getting at least one night’s full sleep a week. It will make a major difference in how you work out and your capacity to do so. 

Food and Supplements

It can be all too easy to go for the easy fix – think sugar, bread, chips, and fizzy drinks. These all hold a major appeal to a new mom because they are quick, easy, and give you a much-needed energy boost. But did you know that there are other options out there that can help you get back to exercise more quickly? 

These healthier options can boost your energy levels, help you manage your weight (if that is your goal), and reduce stress and tiredness too. These are all things that can encourage you to work out and yield better results when you do. Consider trying a supplement instead of eating a bar of chocolate. For example, turkesterone may help you get in shape and it has many proven benefits including metabolism management, positive influence on your sleep routine, and regaining muscle balance/strength. Everything is worth exploring. 

Above everything else, be kind to yourself. Being a new mom is a tough job and there are so many external pressures to navigate without having to think about self-care as well. Exercise can (and should) be a gentle process that builds gradually. There are ways to fit it in, it just takes time to find that balance. 

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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