Why is using your buggy to get fit the ultimate mum workout? Let us count the ways…
1. FROM BIRTH
One of the great things about using your buggy to get fit is that you can do it from the time your baby is born. As it’s low impact exercise there is no need to wait until your body fully recovers. Take it very slowly and easily in the early weeks, and talk to your doctor at your 6-week postpartum check up about your routine and any exercise plans you may have for the coming months.
2. ENDORPHINS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Getting outdoors and into the fresh air is a real endorphin boost. There are days that leaving the house can seem like an impossible task, but it’s almost always a better day when you do. Plus it doesn’t matter whether you are in the heart of the city or the wilds of the country – it’s the getting outside that counts. Even a ten-minute stroll around the block will shake off the cobwebs, put you in a better mood, and get your energy flowing again.
3. A HOT COFFEE
What other exercise allows you to grab a hot drink while powering through your workout? A hot coffee and perfect peace – it’s the Holy Grail.
4. LONGER WALKS
As your routine begins to settle and you start getting out of the house more frequently (and with less stress!), then it’s time to up your distance. Now is a great stage to download a fitness app such as runkeeper. These apps track your distance, speed, route, calories and more. It’s a great way to see how you are progressing (and how many biscuits you’ve worked off that week..)
5. UP HILL BATTLES
Ready to up the level again? Take in some hill walking. Pushing your buggy while taking on those hills is fantastic for calves, arms and even your core. Work it mama!
6. USE YOUR BUGGY AS A BUDDY
If you’re keen on building in some additional exercise to your daily walk then you can use your buggy as an exercise buddy. Doing squats while gently holding the handles at arms distance will really work those glutes and get your muscles pumping!
7. FIND A FRIEND
Another reason why walking with your buggy is the ultimate mum workout. Walking and talking with a friend is one of the best ways to not only increase your time and distance, but to up those good feelings too. You can even combine number 3 and go to a cafe when you’re done. We all need a little adult conversation sometimes – even if it’s only to discuss the plot lines of Big Little Lies, or to find out how to ease your baby’s constipation.
8. NO EXCUSES!
It’s free. It’s easy. You don’t need someone else to mind your baby while you do it. And with the good weather on the way there are literally no excuses left!
So grab that buggy, slip into your trainers and enjoy!
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