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Cardio with a Kid: How to Exercise with your Baby in Tow

I’m gonna be honest, working out was definitely not at the top of my priority list after I had Reese.  There was just too much other stuff to get done and between feeding, diaper changing, and putting Reese down for naps there wasn’t much time either.  But, as I slowly started making more time for exercising (usually with Reese) I started to feel better and actually had the desire to workout — which, believe me, is no small feat for me.

Want to know how I finally got to that point?  Here are a few of my tips for getting that work out in with a baby:

1. Baby Carriers

I used (and still do use) my Ergo so much when Reese was little.  Baby carriers are great for walking and hiking with your baby.  And she really loved it too.  Not only was she able to look around and check out the scenery, but many a time she feel asleep, which for any mama is a blessing.  I would call that a win-win 😉

local hike with baby carrier ergo


2. Jogging Strollers

I personally own the BOB stroller, and love it for running, walking or hiking {note: for hiking you need relatively level/flat trails and there are some great ones in Wildwood, Hill Canyon and Cheseboro}.  It’s so much easier than a regular stroller and we use it a lot, so the extra money was worth it to us.  We even did the Great Race of Agoura 5K last year with Reese in the BOB.

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finish line - baby stroller - 5k - Great Race of Agoura - post race party - LocalLove805

local hike with baby and BOB stroller

3. At-Home Workouts

These are great because you can get a workout in and your baby can “participate”.  Reese will usually stay entertained with her toys along side me/she thinks it’s funny when I’m in pain (ha!).  My niece and nephew love to copy the moves my sister-in-law does while doing a work out, too. Tone It Up has some great effective and quick workouts on their website, and they are free, which is even better.

at home workout with baby

4. Postnatal Yoga at Yogaworks

I have never personally taken a postnatal class here, but I have several friends who love this yoga class.  They love the supportive baby-friendly environment that is geared towards rebuilding core strength, as well as relieving neck and shoulder tension, which I’m sure we could all use! This class is for moms and dads too!

5. Conejo Valley Fit4Mom Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre Classes

I recently purchased a 10 class pack and have really enjoyed going to Stroller Strides with Reese.  I honestly get a great workout in, my daughter is usually entertained the whole time thanks to the constant moving, singing, and tickling the instructors incorporate into the class, and it’s a great way to meet other moms and babies as well.

They also have great get-togethers like Mom’s Night Out or post-class coffee dates.  They meet in several different locations throughout the week, and dads are welcome for free on Saturdays!

local fit4mom work out

fit4mom conejo stroller strides

6. Call On Your Mom Friends

We’ve all heard that working out with a friend is a great way to stay accountable and motivated. Grab a mom-friend so you can get a workout in, even if it’s just a walk to the park, swap baby stories — and your babies can get some play time in, too.


I hope these tips helped you as much as they have helped me, and if you have some of your own, please share!  Happy Work It Wednesday 805-ers!


Tanisha at LL805

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