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Tip Sheet- 10 Tips for Working Out with a Stroller
Get fit while bonding with your child! Walking together is such a beautiful way to bond and show your child the world.
Get the okay from your doctor for starting in on your post-delivery workout. Depending on your recovery from the kind of delivery you had, her advice may vary.
If you are using a baby jogger and you will be running with Baby, make sure she is old enough. Check the instructions included with your type of stroller which may direct you to use an infant adapter (for more stability) for such activity. If you will be walking with your baby, any infant stroller will work.
Starting slowly is the best way to get back into shape. This means going both physically and mentally slowly. You are starting a new habit for you and your baby that you want to sustain and that may require lowering your expectations. These workouts will not be the same you had before your baby was born.
If you can, be regular about what time and day you use the stroller. The regularity will help Baby realize that this activity is part of the day like eating and sleeping are.
Save naptime or snack time for the stroller. The motion of the stroller puts a lot of babies to sleep so it makes sense to time your outing with that nap schedule allowing for an uninterrupted workout. However, as your baby gets older and drops some of those naptimes, it may work to go out at snack time. The scenery and the snack will keep your child entertained.
Dress yourself AND baby appropriately. If baby is too hot or too cold, it will make her experience miserable and potentially sabotage your next efforts to go out. Layers for both of you can make adjustments as you go easier.
Don’t forget to bring items your baby might need: for example a bottle, an extra pacifier, or a diaper.
If your stroller doesn’t bring a rain/wind shield, consider investing in one. The two of you don’t want to be at the mercy of the weather.
Reward the both of you by taking your child out of the stroller and play at the park for 15 minutes. She will learn to associate the activity with the fun she gets to have too.
Go with Daddy or a friend. Having a partner will help provide accountability and adult contact.
Technology can help as well. Download an iPhone app to stay motivated. Bump Your Lump is a great App to log your walks, take photos, track calories, and share to facebook.
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