Getting into shape after a baby

Shana - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I am finding it hard to find time to start a exercise routine and is looking for advice on how I can start one during nap time..

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Do we Cindy, interesting - what channels are they? I have never seen them, but then i've never known to look before :-)

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Try Nintendo Wii Fit, or some TV networks like SKY in the UK have a few channels dedicated to fitness and have some great exercise programmes - things you can do in your lounge.

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I found like 14 of them! they only show 4 on the main page but when you open one of them to review the dvd you can go to the bottom of the page and there are like 10 more! pretty intrigued by them I think Ill do my sports active then give one of those a go!

LaCi - posted on 01/06/2011

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I checked netflix online and saw 4 options. I didn't see the category on the wii or the ps3. But, online they're under genre: sports and fitness, then theres an option for workouts.

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what do you need to type in to get the exercise dvds at netflix? do they have them to stream instantly?

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I have the zumba dvd's and I just felt like they didnt work me out...possibly because I have a dance background but idk...I feel like i get a better workout for specific areas with the EA sports active.

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OMG!!!! I love my EA sports active 2 for PS3 I got it for christmas...I believe they make on for Wii as well and possible for the kinect...you get in a great 20-50 minute workout, and you know you have done something when you are done. After only a week I can already feel a difference in my thigh and glute area. Im doing the 3 week challenge to begin with and get accustomed to the workouts and get in slightly better shape before I start the 9 week challenge with harder goals and exercises. here is a link to amazon where you can purchase the whole shebang for around 70.00...

this is the one for the PS3 http://www.amazon.com/EA-Sports-Active-2...

Alecia - posted on 01/05/2011

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do Zumba. they have classes almost everywhere and they have dvds. i love it. i had lost 25 lbs...but gained 15 lbs back..but this week ive lost 3 lbs, so back on the wagon. its fun and a great work out.

Mary Renee - posted on 01/04/2011

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I did Stroller Strides and breastfed. I lost the 40 pounds I gained during pregnancy by the time she was 7 months old. I was thin to begin with (115 prepregnancy) so it was really hard for me to see my body the way it was after pregnancy. At first I counted every single calorie I put in my mouth but I still had to eat 1800 since I was exclusively nursing at the time and it didn't seem to matter what I ate... I plateaued! I could not lose anymore weight by counting calories. I was so frustrated.

Then I joined Stoller Strides, which is a work out you do with other mommies while the babies are in their strollers and it was amazing! I lost weight so fast once I started Stroller Strides. I did it 3 times a week and it never felt like "work" since I was so desperate to get out of the house and get to talk to other new moms it felt more like socializing.

Anyway, that's my two cents. They have it almost every city, but the prices vary. I live in Hawaii and it's $50 a month, but in DC (my hometown) it's $100 a month. If I move back to DC I can't afford it and I'll probably have to switch to a work out DVD too.

Also as another side note, I don't know if this is an option for you but I used to take fitness classes at the community college in my neighborhood pre-pregnancy and that kept me in good shape. I took yoga, pilates, and ballet and LOVED it.

I think your best bet with the DVD is to find something you like so that you'll actually do it, and find something that also offers "short-on-time" option, like 20 minute abs or something. If you're like me, you start off wanting to do something for yourself when the baby takes a nap, but then you look at how the living room is a mess, the dishes need to be done, the laundry needs to be folded, and you start in on that before you ever get a chance to even brush your teeth. If the DVD had a shorter options on days like that, you could make sure to get some kind of work out in, even if you couldn't justify the time for a full one.

LaCi - posted on 01/04/2011

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I had no idea netflix had workout videos! Thanks. Gonna get on that now. :D

Amy - posted on 01/04/2011

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I know it's not during nap time but I LOVED waking 45 min early to run on our treadmill. It really put me in a good mood.

For during nap time I'd say look for good DVD's. I'd suggest Netflix, they've got a fairly good online work out section.

Also, what worked well for my belly area was some ball excersize work out's. When we got my work out ball it came with a few DVD's with work out's on them.

When it's not nap time you can always try to get the baby into it. I know there is some Yoga for Mommy and Baby. When your child gets older they may even join you in the work outs!

Amy - posted on 01/03/2011

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Turn on music and dance like a hooligan. :D I just continued doing the pregnancy dvd of erin obrien's. the workout was good. I nursed though too and that dropped my weight off like crazy. In the summer I went on walks with baby a lot. i lost all 40 pounds of gained weight in a few months.

LaCi - posted on 01/03/2011

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I bought an elliptical (after gaining a ridiculous amount of weight) and used it during naps. Unfortunately, I put it off, I suck at forming new routines.

Now though, I've run on average 70 minutes per day while he's eating, sleeping, or with his daddy, and dropped 10 lbs in the past 2 weeks or so.

Granted, I'm essentially bulimic again. I've been calculating everything I will eat that day and running until I'm at that much of a deficit.

A 15 minutes block on my machine at my usual resistance level burns off 300 calories though.

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I used my Wii fit while he was on his naps, I found that helped. But also where possible I put him in his buggy and walked where we were going - to the park, to the village etc. I've had to stop walking so much as the weather is appauling now we're in winter but on ok ish days (just cold not wet etc) we still go out for walks - we both get fresh air and I get some more exercise :-)

Charlie - posted on 01/02/2011

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I purchased Tracey Andersons post pregnancy DVD , it is hard work but feels great and you can do it at home !

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