Last year, when I was a new Mom, I’d feel guilty about working out instead of holding my baby. I knew he was growing so fast and I wanted to cherish every infant moment with him.
Eventually I started to have minor Mommy breakdowns as my baby was having his own meltdowns. It usually happened when my husband was at work and I didn’t have any help. It dawned on me that giving my baby 100% of my time wasn’t helping him like I thought it would.
That’s because I wasn’t the best version of a Mother I could be. Before he was born, I had TONS of “me time”. Zumba, Pilates, Running and Hot Yoga was how I enjoyed spending my free time. Then I became a Mother and felt guilty about all of it. It was the first time any negative emotions were attached to working out for me.
After this realization, I started putting effort back into finding time to workout again. It was like a piece of me was missing for a while. My husband saw how much lack of exercise affected my mood and helped me find time to workout.
We found an AMAZING jogging stroller (buy here) and I started including my baby when I worked out. When I cross-train, he joins in and jumps around. If I really want a tough workout, I strap him into the ErgoBaby carrier (buy here) and do squats or lunges with him. This took away any feelings of guilt. My workouts have become bonding time with my son.
Finding time for my workouts re-energized me as a Mom. I feel happier and more confident. Now that JP is a toddler, I’ve even starting working out with a group of other running moms– without him (GASP!). For me to be the best Mom I can be, I need to make time for my workouts. That 30-60 minutes per day is sometimes the only break I get.
Don’t let the new Mommy guilt take over your life. It’s very important that you workout and take care of yourself. Exercise is vital to everyone, just like water and food. If you have a spouse who can help, create a plan of trading time with the baby. If you don’t have any help, look into gyms that offer daycare. New Mommy’s need those exercise endorphins and baby’s need happy moms!
How did you find time to workout as a new Mom?