Are you a new parent? Or do you maybe still FEEL like a new parent? If you're like me, you're going to feel guilty about every moment that you're not with your new child.
However, don't let that distract you from another person that is also important - you. Here are 3 tips for fitting exercise into your schedule as a new parent during this exciting time to keep health and wellness a priority, for you AND your family!
Schedule Your Workouts
Your time is insanely limited. Even when you have "free time" you're almost too exhausted to do stuff. So set a realistic goal for yourself, i.e. “I have to work out at least 3 times this week" and schedule your workouts as you would a work meeting or a class project that you have to get done.
Get into Meal Prep
Or at least have some sort of meal plan. Hopefully you'll be as lucky as I was and you'll have a great support system, but even then you'll still be depending on quick meals. Which usually will involve drive-through options or your family/friends bringing over fast food when they come to visit and see the baby. Having a more tailored food plan will help curtail those temptations.
Make Your Workouts Efficient
If your workout goals are to slog it out on the treadmill for an hour, you’re going to be less likely to want (or even be able) to stick to your usual routine. Make your workouts more efficient by incorporating HIIT training or circuit workouts. Need somewhere to get started? Check out this easy 30-minute circuit workout below!
30 Minute Workout: Leg Blast Circuit
No weights (or gym, even) needed! Fit this quick workout in at naptime for a speedy and efficient calorie burning fitness break.
Circuit #1: “420” (4 exercises of 20 seconds each) for 4 rounds.
- Alternate jump lunges
- Jump squats
- Lateral lunges
- Air squats
Circuit #2 “330” (3 exercises of 30 seconds each) for 4 rounds.
- Tuck jumps
- Squat pulses
- Wall sit
Michael Okoye is a Master Trainer at FFC Halsted & Belmont. He has been a trainer for over 7 years and specializes in strength training and bodybuilding. He loves donuts and doesn't trust cats. Have questions about the workout above or want to set up a complimentary consultation? Email Michael directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!