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Health Benefits for You and your Baby

Now that you’re a MOM your exercise routine may have all but vanished.  You might be thinking, “how am I ever going fit exercise back into my life?”  After all being a Mom is a 24 hour job.  But did you know that it is more important now than ever to get in that weekly exercise!!  Not only is good for YOU but also for your BABY!

Benefits for you:

*Daily physical activity reduces stress.
*Fitness helps keep you healthy and has been linked to reducing the risk of some diseases and to warding off depression (goodbye to post partum depression or just those days when your baby’s turned into a monster!)
*Exercising can help prevent osteoporosis
*Exercise also improves self-esteem, increases stamina and ultimately helps you be able to do continuous work for longer

And for Baby:

*Exercising with your baby will help him learn good movement and coordination skills
*Both you and your baby will have fun!
*Will help you take the time to connect as a family (include Dad in your daily walk)

Exercise Ideas:

*Walking  - it is by far the most achievable exercise for new moms. And it can be all the more fun when you take your baby with you! You can use a baby sling or carrier (who needs those hand weights when you have your baby). Or you can use a stroller or a 3 wheel baby jogger.  You can walk in intervals (10 minute intervals), speed walking, rolling hills.
*Bike with your baby
*Dance with your baby
*Baby Circuit Training - Try a ‘baby circuit’ with your baby in a baby carrier or baby sling.

1.Add several sets of squats, dips, lunges, step-ups, or step-downs holding your child as resistance

2.With your baby lying on the floor, get on your hands and knees and do partial range pushups lowering down to kiss your baby on the nose.

3.If your baby can hold his head up, lie on your back and hold your child in the air over your chest (as an airplane) and press your child up as you lift your torso off the floor to strengthen the abdominals.

4.With your baby on your lap or in a baby carrier, do triceps dips off the couch or a sturdy chair.

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