Disclosure: This post was sponsored. However, all opinions and ideas are my own.
Six months into motherhood, you are starting to feel pretty great. You are head over heels in love with your new bundle of joy and are finally getting them a schedule down pact. Best of all your body is recovering from the trauma of pregnancy and delivery. Your nether region or C-section scar is healing, your body has once again become yours and it is time to focus on getting back in to shape (WITH YOUR DOCTORS PERMISSION). Unless you are one of those lucky few who can walk out of the hospital in their pre-pregnancy jeans, you probably have a little weight around your midsection that you’d like to get rid, but is it affordable?
During my first pregnancy, I worked out all the time. Prenatal Yoga, cardio and light weights, so I couldn’t wait to get back to after I had my son. The problem was working out wasn’t as easy as it was when I was single or pregnant. Instead of working out whenever I had free time or hitting the gym on the way home from work, I had another human being to worry about. I had to work around his schedule or find somebody to watch him and being on mat leave left us tight for money. I was worried about spending money on things like a gym membership and babysitter when I could use the money for diapers and formula.
Don’t let that stress you out! Here are some tips to make working out affordable.
When it comes to working out during maternity leave, the key to minimizing stress is to understand your budget. Working out doesn’t need to cost a fortune, rather understanding your options and planning accordingly can make it enjoyable and cost efficient. These simple tips will make working out attainable on any budget.
- Try working out at home – Working out at home can be cost efficient and limit the need for a babysitter. When the baby goes down for a nap, you can squeeze your workout in without leaving the home.
- Use an App/YouTube The internet has made a huge impact on how people workout. Googling your favourite workout style (i.e. yoga, cardio, weights, dance, etc) provide you with information, techniques and instructional videos for free or a low price that will make your workouts affordable.
- Use your own body as a your workout machine – Running, walking or swimming laps are a great way to to shed some unwanted pounds without spending a dime. Want to bulk up? Try push ups, crunches and pull ups using your own body weight. When they become to easy, use your infant for extra weight. Not only do you get to work out, but it is a great way to bond.
- Attend local Free workshops – Many places around town offer options to try out their facility for free. Indulge in these classes before you settle on one so you know you will be getting your money’s worth and it will also work with your schedule.
Check out the infographic below
Everyone’s workout needs are different. Finding out what motivates you and what you like doing will help you decided what is affordable and attainable. This infographic from the resources section of the Loan & Go website has a nice breakdown of some options to consider when partaking in a healthy lifestyle while staying on budget.