Fitness advice for a single mother

Brandie - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm a single, working, breastfeeding mother of a beautiful 15 week old baby girl. I've been forturnate enough to have dropped ALL (30lbs) of my pregnancy weight, but now I want to loose about 20 more pounds but I have absolutely no time or energy to do so. Can anyone offer any advice on quick and effective methods of exercising? Thanks

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Alison - posted on 02/22/2010

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30 lbs in 15 weeks is awesome! Can you incorporate any extra walking or stairs into your daily routine???

Take your daughter walking/hiking on the week-end. She is still small enough to strap her into the baby bjorn and do all kinds of great stuff!

I'm all for physical form and all, but don't be too hard on yourself either. Single mom, working, & breastfeeding... you're already doing more than your share.

Melissa - posted on 02/22/2010

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Can you afford a session or two with a personal trainer from a nearby gym? You don't need a membership - you can probably do a week trial and see the trainer then. My gym (Golds) has 30-minute sessions for as little as $35. You tell the trainer that you want to learn exercises you can do at home and he/she can show you what to do with dumbbells, an exercise ball, fitness bands, etc.

I'm a single working mom, and I fit in exercise nearly every day by:
(1) i do longer/harder workouts when my daughter's with her dad
(2) if you have a fitness center available near work, see if you can get away for 45 minutes some days - that's enough for 30 minutes of cardio and a quick shower. Or you can take a walk at lunch. Or walk to/from a farther metro or park farther away.
(3) if you have a gym membership with daycare, your daughter is probably old enough to go to the gym with you. I took my daughter to the gym starting at 8 weeks old and she seems to have fun there. We go together every weekend day she's with me.
(4) I have a cheap treadmill at home so if we're snowed-in or she's sick, the second she goes down for her nap, I'm on that treadmill. I watch TV on mute w/ closed-captioning and have the baby monitor nearby. If you have cable, there are fitness shows you can DVR and play back.
(5) If I can't fit in a full workout one day, I just do whatever I can manage- better than nothing.

good luck!

Gwendolyn - posted on 02/22/2010

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Breastfeeding as long as you can helps with the continued weight loss. Consider other small changes that can have big effects albeit not instantaneously. Take the batteries out of your TV remote, use stairs more than elevators, park further away from the front door to where you work, drink more water less soda etc, dance in your house. Everything you already do can count towards your fitness program. I danced so vigorously one day that my neighbor thought I was having a party- I forgot to put the shades down LOL. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Stress tricks our body into holding on to pounds instead of letting them go. While you may not have time to go to a gym you can do 10 sit ups every night or morning before your shower.

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