Monday, March 12, 2012

Choosing the best fitness class for you and your baby

Spring marks the beginning of more class variety at Fit 4 Two. Before you register for a class, let's talk about the best choice for you and your baby.

1. Body Readiness
After having your baby, vaginally or by cesarean, you will be encouraged to do pelvic floor exercises, go for light walks and stretch.  If you had a vaginal birth, your health care provider will ask you to wait until your lochia (post partum bleeding) is complete, and the initial veil of fatigue has passed, before easing into a regular fitness program.  If you had a cesarean birth, your doctor will ask you to wait until s/he gives you the green light at your 6-week post operative check-up.

2. The Early Days
Are you body ready (see above)?  If you answered yes, then this is the time to ease back into fitness and establish a good base of muscular endurance.  Pregnancy, childbirth, post partum hormones, fatigue and the physical demands of parenting make your joints more vulnerable and susceptible to injury.  The following classes are excellent choices:
Indoors: Mom & Baby Fitness, Mom & Baby Spin and StrengthMom & Baby Fitness Fusion, Tummies 4 Mommies, Stroller Fitness
Outdoors: Stroller Fitness

Check your local Fit 4 Two page to see what class types are being offered near you.

3. As you progress
Once you have eased back into a fitness routine and have been able to keep at it regularly (cardio and muscular endurance training at least 3 days a week) for at least 6 weeks, then you have a couple of choices.  Continue attending your current class and choose the more challenging options or try one of our boot camp style classes. 

Indoors: Mom & Baby Bootcamp
Outdoors: Stroller Bootcamp

Check your local Fit 4 Two page to see what class types are being offered near you.

4. As your baby grows
Your baby's age and stage also factor into which class you choose.  Once your baby becomes mobile, you will need to choose one of our classes that can safely accomodate mobile babies: Stroller Fitness, Stroller Bootcamp or Mom and Baby AquaFit

5. Aquatic classes
Fit 4 Two Mom & Baby AquaFit is a fun way for moms to get in a full body workout while babies (6-24 months-old) get a positive introduction to the aquatic environment.  This unique class is offered in Winnipeg-West.

We hope you will find this information helpful as you register for spring classes.  Questions and comments are always welcome.