Here's Shannon discussing mom and baby tips with "10! Show" host Lori Wilson and guest, David Gregory of "Meet the Press."
It can be challenging for new and "veteran" moms alike to find time to focus on getting and staying healthy. We all know moms are great multi-taskers, and fitness is no exception! Moms can make the most of opportunities to incorporate fitness into their everyday lifestyle and/or find ways to include their children in their workout.
Reebok Easy Tone sneakers: With "balance pods" (strategically placed air pockets that create a natural instability for you to overcome) designed by a former NASA engineer, these sneakers help tone your legs and butt while on the go. $100-125
Strollometer: Walk around the block, the park or the mall and keep track of your distance, speed, the temperature, etc. with this great stroller accessory. This 8 function computer pedometer attaches to any stroller. $39.99
Love Handles: Turn any stroller into an elliptical trainer with this accessory. $99.99
BOB Stroller Strides Fitness Stroller: The name in fitness strollers, BOB partnered with the country's largest mom and baby exercise program and produced the Stroller Strides Revolution. It's a dream to maneuver with a front wheel may be fixed or swivel, which makes it extremely versatile. It's even Graco and Peg Perego infant car seat compatible, so depending on your lifestyle, this stroller could be your only stroller. $399
Chicks and Chickens Lullaby exercise DVD: A dance and sway workout to do at home with baby in your arms or in a baby carrier. $29.99
Swaptree.com: Free website to join to trade DVD's, CD's, books and video games. There are no fees to join or to trade. Just create a login, list what you have to trade and what you'd love to find and let the computer do the rest! Just pay shipping (usually about $2.50).
Local fitness resources:
Belly Pilates: The only pre- and post-natal Certified Master Pilates specialist in our area, Kelly McBride is the woman to connect with for 1:1 training, mat and reformer classes, mom and baby classes to repair your body and get your core in shape!
One Fit Mama: With multiple locations locally, OFM offers both stroller-based cardio and strength training workouts, as well as prenatal and mom and baby yoga classes. Spend time with baby while getting a complete strengthening work-out for both your mind and body.
PBC Fitness Tips:
- Talk to your doctor before starting a new fitness
program. Not everyone can handle the same fitness regime and you should
get the "ok" before involving baby in your workouts.
- If nursing, doctors recommend that you don't "diet" in the
traditional sense. You should be taking in extra calories because you
actually burn calories when nursing. Remember, whatever food and
nutrients you get, baby gets.
- Set realistic goals for a post-baby body. It took nine months to gain the weight, it will take time to lose it. Remember, the main goal is to get healthy and repair any physical changes, such as diastisis, that come with the pregnancy and child birth.