One thing that is hard to find after having a new baby is time. Time to exercise is definitely in short supply for new moms.
Exercising after a baby’s birth can help the mother get back in shape. Many of the physiological and biological changes of pregnancy persist 4 – 6 weeks postpartum. Exercise may help you sleep better at night and may help you cope with depression (Schlosberg and Neporent, 1996).
One way to fit in exercising with your baby is by walking. You can place your baby in his/her stroller and go for a walk around your neighborhood. This is great multitasking for when your crying baby needs to calm down. You also can show your child the world around him/her on your walk.
You can also take walks through the mall or the park. Walking is one of those inexpensive exercise programs that you and child can do together.
If you have older children, you can also bring them for a walk and let them ride their bikes while you push the stroller. Sometimes older siblings are in a helping mood, and if so, you can allow them to help you push the stroller while you go for a walk.
To make the walking more high impact you can add foot weights. Of courses, it goes without saying that each person is unique and you should check with your physician to make sure that any exercise is safe for you.