using your buggy to get fit

8 reasons why using your buggy to get fit is the ultimate mum workout

Why is using your buggy to get fit the ultimate mum workout? Let us count the ways…


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.


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.



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.


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..)


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!


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!


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.



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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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.


Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.