No money to hire a trainer? Can't make that class? No time for the gym? Don't fret, just break into a sweat. Here're easy ways to sneak exercise into your busy day. (And yes, running to your favorite boutique counts.)
___ Take the stairs. (Bonus points if you carry a child.)
___ Be a kid. Break out the jump rope and hula hoop.
___ Mix it up. If you always jog, go for a swim; if you're a yoga fan, try Pilates moves.
___ Work out at home to an exercise DVD.
___ Demonstrate to your child how to skip, hop, gallop, etc. She may not be able to follow, but your legs will feel it!
___ Park three lanes farther than you would have, or walk to the farther bus stop. Better yet, hoof it to your destination.
___ Chase your older kid at the park. Give her a 5-second head start.
___ Two words: Mall strolling.
___ Improvise a belly-dancing class. Put on Shakira or similar music and start handing out the scarves to your older children or partner. Now, shimmy!
Excerpted from the AmericanBaby.com Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 48.
Easy Exercises For New Moms
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, July 2006.