Get-up-and-go mum

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Fitness Quiz -

For you, ex­er­cise is all about feel­ing en­er­gised men­tally and phys­i­cally. Grow­ing and giv­ing birth to your baby meant that you had to slow down for a while, but now you’re ready to get back to be­ing you. You need to make ex­er­cise part and par­cel of your life in a way that both you and your baby will en­joy, and build it into your daily rou­tine so you reach for your train­ers with­out a sec­ond thought. The very best way is with a brisk walk daily, push­ing your baby in his pram.

Walk­ing with a pram works your bot­tom, leg and core mus­cles, restor­ing your in­ner strength and fig­ure. Start with 10 min­utes a day, and grad­u­ally build up to 30 to 40 min­utes, in­creas­ing the in­ten­sity by in­clud­ing hills if you can. It can work for your baby, too: a 4pm walk means a quick nap that’ll keep him tear-free un­til bed­time. Be­ing out­side in the af­ter­noon will help him sleep bet­ter, too. Just make sure your pram or stroller han­dle is ad­justed to a height where you can walk tall, and hold it with a light grip and soft el­bows, and keep to a pace where you can com­fort­ably chat.

Walk­ing might give you all the feel­good fit­ness you want, but if you find your­self crav­ing more, then jog­ging with your stroller is the next step up the lad­der. Once you’ve re­shaped your life to in­clude pos­i­tive ‘me-time’, there will be no stop­ping you. YOU’RE MO­TI­VATED BY… Feel­ing good

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