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5 Ways to Exercise With Your Baby

Aug 27, 2008
These days, parents seem to be too busy with child care matters or work-related stuff to even think about adding exercise into their daily routine. A lot of people would use the reason that they simply do not have enough time on their hands, which is why keeping an active lifestyle is out of the question. However, if you are a busy parent juggling tasks, there is still a way for you to stay fit, and spend quality time with your tots. It isn't that hard to do, really!

For moms and dads who need some ideas on what exercises to do with their babies, here are some useful hints:

1. Play time can be made into exercise time. Whether you are outdoors or indoors, you can integrate movement in the games you play. With a simple toy like a ball, you and baby can have a fun workout, which can also teach your child coordination and improve his motor skills.

2. TV time doesn't have to be sedentary. When you spend time together enjoying your baby's favorite TV shows, you don't have to be sitting around doing nothing for an hour or so. Most kids' shows today feature dance movements and fun music, so encourage your baby to dance along with you!

3. For parents who have small infants, it is highly encouraged to get a baby carrier so you can "wear" your baby and taker him with you wherever you go. Think of it as a sort of weight training, which also helps develop closeness and security with the baby.

4. Chore time can also be an opportunity to work out. Whether you are running errands at the grocery store or picking up the dry cleaning, use this as a time to keep walking and moving. If you have a baby carrier or a baby stroller, you can tote baby along with you in all your activities.

5. Speaking of baby strollers, have you ever considered getting a jogging stroller? These strollers make it possible for active moms and dads to have more vigorous workouts like brisk walking and running, while keeping their babies comfy and safe.

Jogging strollers have wheels that are made of stronger alloy, so they can withstand road surfaces. Plus, they come with all-weather covers, sun shades, and even one-seater or two-seater options, giving room for every tot in the family. For a few hundred dollars, jogging strollers are great investments to keep you fit while spending time with baby.

No matter what you do, you'll enjoy the time you spend exercising with your baby. There's nothing like having a baby around to make almost any task enjoyable!
About the Author
Heather has a new baby and knows what it's like to have extra weight to shed. She recommends getting a cool Bugaboo stroller or a MaClaren stroller so you can start exercising.
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