Young mothers are in that age group where they should still be physically fit, but many are not. Why? It often starts with the pregnancy, especially if they get morning sickness. You certainly won’t feel like jogging around the block when you are likely to throw up at every corner. Then, as the babe becomes heavier, so you certainly find it difficult to exercise.
After your little one is born, you will very likely be sleep deprived for some months, so again exercising is the least important things on your to-do list. After baby starts to sleep well through the night and still naps of a day, any spare time you have is usually spent in doing all those things you can’t do when they are awake so again, exercise is neglected.
As your baby turns into a toddler, you seem to have even less time for yourself. And you can’t go on a walk unless the baby goes into the stroller as their little legs are not strong or sturdy enough to keep up with you. In fact, pushing that pram along is marvellous exercise and can get you outdoors into the fresh air. Even if exercising is low priority, it is important to do it whenever you can. Not only will it help you stay fit and healthy, it will help you recover from your next pregnancy more quickly, keep your figure and also help in giving birth, as your muscles will be in good condition.
What some mothers find as their baby gets older is that they develop great arm muscles from the constant lifting of a chubby bubby and carrying them around. This is all well and good, but you also need to do some exercise to tone those slack tummy muscles that have been stretched out of shape during pregnancy.
Young mums may be able to incorporate some kind of exercise into their day during those small pockets of time they have free. When baby is napping or watching TV, you may be able to do five or ten minutes of exercise on a home walking machine. Even running on the spot and touching your toes – or attempting to – can help.
Once your children get to the stage of running around, you will get plenty of exercise as you’ll likely have to chase them everywhere to ensure they are safe. Taking them to the park will help them run off a bit of steam and you will enjoy walking around with them and showing them their world. If you have no backyard it is important for you both to get outdoors for some time each day if possible. Fresh air and exercise are two things that will help you and your baby to stay healthy.