Moms and Moms-To-Be: Tips for Incorporating Fitness into Your Daily Routine

July 18, 2017   Pregnancy & Postpartum, Wellness

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We all know exercise is important—but sometimes life gets in the way and we just can’t find the time to squeeze it in. Whether you’re a busy mom, mom-to-be, or working professional, there are simple ways to insert fitness into your daily routine (without hitting the gym).

Here are just a few:

The 9-5 Woman

Why not have your cake and eat it too? We know time is everything, so we’ve come up with a few quick exercises you can do at the office.

  • Do calf raises by the printer (or at your desk). If you do 20 calf raises every hour, that's 160 calf raises a day. You’ll have the nicest calves in town.
  • Opt for the standing desk. Standing desks allow you to stand up, stretch, and burn calories while you work.
  • Practice your posture. If a standing desk isn’t an option, try working on your posture while sitting at your desk. All it takes is 5 minutes every hour to engage your core and improve your posture.
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The Expecting Mom

Take a dip in the water! Swimming is the ideal exercise for an expecting mom because it puts almost no pressure on your joints. No pool? Don’t worry! A walk around the block can be a cardio workout that doesn’t put excessive stress on your joints.

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The Busy Bee

Moms have a lot on their plates so the best way to stay fit is to incorporate exercise into your already busy routine.

At the playground: While watching the kids play, leverage your surroundings! You can do triceps dips on a bench, lunges in the grass, and pull-ups on the monkey bars. You can also get a little cardio in by participating in a good old-fashioned game of “Tag.” And, remember to stay hydrated.

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Janet Perkins, MD

Be creative in taking care of yourself. By all means, find a fitness routine that works for you — and grab a friend! Getting fresh air (and taking your dog along!) is an extra bonus.

— Janet Perkins, M.D.

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