Low Impact Cardio For Post-Partum Moms

Ease back into your cardio workouts post baby with these great low impact options

Cardio is key in order to succeed in staying healthy after baby’s arrival. Paired with weight training, cardio will help you with a full body workout that keeps your heart and mind in a great place.

But it is important to ease back into cardio workouts after having a baby, especially for those moms who may have had complications during labour.

So here are some lower impact, fun ways you can start getting back into the swing of cardio workouts, post-baby.

Walking

You would be surprised how super effective the simple act of walking is. A one-hour stroll around the neighbourhood will leave both you and your baby happy and energized. If you wear your baby in a carrier you'll burn about 415 calories per hour at a regular walking pace (usually about four miles per hour)—that's 57 more than you'd burn on a standard stroll without the “baby weight”.

Climbing Stairs

“Stair climbing is my favourite,” said no one ever. But scaling steps can burn almost 300 more calories than running on flat ground. That's 852 calories per hour and completely worth the trip. This is a really great option for all those condo living moms.

Dancing

Now everybody loves dancing. Whether you take up a zumba class or you simply dance around your house for an hour each day between your baby’s nap time, you’ll be burning calories. This easy and fun workout can burn upwards of 443 calories per hour. So turn up some Taylor Swift and “Shake it Off”.

Cycling

Unless you have a stationary bike in your own home this one might be a little difficult to accomplish without organizing a sitter for the baby. However a little alone time to cycle might actually do mommy and baby some good. Dust off your old mountain bike or take a vigorous indoor cycling class, and you'll incinerate even more calories: Both burn about 483 per hour, depending on your speed and resistance.

Remember consistency is vital to achieving your goals. So regardless of which activity you choose to burn those calories, it is important to maintain a schedule. If you miss one day, make sure you make up for it the next. Skipping days can lead you into a downwards spiral and sure enough you will find yourself starting all over again. Even if you can’t complete a full hour one day, doing something is better than doing nothing at all!

So tie up those sneakers and get started!

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