Keeping Fit

Caring for young children is time-consuming and often stressful, leaving parents less time and energy to exercise and eat well.

But aiming for healthy habits not only benefits parents, it also models healthy behaviors for their kids. Try these tips for getting and staying fit:

  • Find a friend to exercise with so you can motivate each other. Barring that, find a friend who can watch your baby for a bit while you get some exercise.
     
  • Start simple—daily walking with your baby in a carriage or more brisk walking if you’re alone or with an exercise buddy. Work up to more vigorous , heart pumping exercise (speed walking, jogging, jumping rope, cycling, a cardio fitness class, etc.) for 20–30 minutes 3 times a week. Then shoot for 5 times a week.
     
  • Make exercise part of your regular schedule of must-do activities.
     
  • Keep your workout clothes in a visible, easily accessible place.
     
  • Slot in a consistent time for getting some physical activity in each day.
     
  • Add some music if it helps you get and keep moving.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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