Working in a Work-Out
One thing I've learned is that being a parent means allocating your time efficiently. For example, right now my son is enjoying a few minutes of tummy time, so I emptied the dishwasher, threw a load in the laundry, and am now blogging. I was never this productive with 10 minutes pre-baby! I've recently started getting creative with incorporating workouts into my schedule. If you've read my blog, you know that my baby requires a lot of attention which makes it difficult to find a few minutes of alone time. Also, I don't want to always go to the gym when my husband gets home from work. So, I've found another way to squeeze in some treadmill and elliptical time.
I've found that right after feeding is a baby's most peaceful time. So, after my son wakes up in the morning, I feed him, throw on gym clothes, put him in the stroller, and walk to the gym. With my son distracted by a few stroller toys and all the activity at the gym, I'm able to work out for at least 20-30 minutes. Here's my speed routine:
10-15 minute run, and/or 10-15 minute elliptical 3 sets of curls with 10 lb. bum-bells 3 sets of squats with 10 lb. dumb-bells 2 minutes of stretching
When my son gets fussy, working out with the dumb-bells and stretching is a great solution because I can stand in front of him and interact with him while doing a few quick squats and curls!