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Fitness Tips for Moms

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm
Take your sneakers to work. Slip them on and go for a jog during your lunch break
Try before you buy. Before buying exercise equipment for home use, take a trial membership at a gym to try out the different exercise machines
Try yoga with your baby. There are a number of yoga classes and programs for mothers and children of all ages, such as Gymboree's Mommy and baby fitness
Use an elliptical trainer. The elliptical machines with moving handlebars gives great aerobic exercise that is gentle on your joints. Go to the gym, or buy one
Use the stairs. A great way to return to better shape is to use your stairs at home vigorously, every chance you get. Don't walk up, run up!
Use the village. It takes a village, so ask for help from your husband, parents, in-laws, and neighbours
Wait for crunches. You should not do abdominal situps or crunches after childbirth until the gap in your abdominal muscles closes -- it takes 4–8 weeks
Walk with a stroller. When you are first getting back into exercise, start with walking your baby in a stroller
Watch a video. Select a home fitness DVD for moms, and follow the program along at home
Watch your step. For several months after your child is born, your joints and ligaments are loose -- so be careful, stay low impact, and don't overdo it
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