Hello moms and dads and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I finally can say -after a looong, sunny and relaxing Christmas break in Spain- that I'M BACK and ready to share many more fun baby-friendly plans a helpful tips with you.
As this is my first January post, I've decided to align it to this time of the year's tradition and promote a very popular new year's resolution, which I'm sure many of you have added to their list... aaaand, YES you've guessed correctly: GETTING FIT!
I've set this one repeatedly on my own list, and repeatedly I've skipped it year over year. But now that I have a baby, I feel sport is not only part of a summer-body project, but a need. The older my toddler gets, the more physical I need to get. I need loads of energy to cope with the day to day and meet her natural active demands. I need and want to be healthy, fit and energetic to not find myself counting the hours that are left until her (or my) bedtime.
I know this is much easier said than done, I’m an expert in the theory and a total fail in the practice. But, that is why today I'd like to share with you some more fun and children-friendly ways of exercising that can be compatible with your daily routine. Ready?
Getting fit proposal #1: hike!
If you like nature and have time during the day, you could try and join some of the organized trilletur (stroller walks) around Oslo. These activities are arranged by DNT Oslo on a weekly basis. You can find all their events on their Facebook page. I’ve previously written about these hikes on this post.
Getting fit proposal #2: climb!
This is another activity for moms or dads, also organized by DNT Oslo that takes place weekly at Friluftshuset in Sørenga. You can take your baby along and let him/her play on the floor while you practice some bouldering. There are spaces to breastfeed, change nappies and/or have your little one playing. The price for members is 100NOK and 115NOK for non-members. More info and dates of the events can be found here.
Getting fit proposal #3: gym!
There are several fitness studios around Oslo that offer free childcare while you’re gyming. The most popular one is probably SATS Elixia, but there are others such as Myrens Sportssenter or Athletica Vulkan which also offer a babysitting service while parents exercise.
Getting fit proposal #4: bootcamp!
This option is a bit more heartcore, but totally duable if you’re sporty and enjoy working out. Check out Mini Bootcamp for more info.
Getting fit proposal #5: snapback!
This is a fun initiative organized by a group of moms that you can follow via Facebook here. They get together every week to run or exercise with their babies. It’s a great option, since you’ll be surrounded by other moms who’ll empathise with you if you need to stop and breastfeed or if your baby starts crying.
Getting fit proposal #6: DIY
If you have a strong will you actually don’t necessarily need to join any of the above. There’s plenty you can do during your day to build up muscles and work on your core: walk more and avoid public transport, lay on the floor while your baby’s playing and use the time to do a few push-ups, stretchings, etc. Go jogging or power walking with the stroller to your closest park, avoid taking the stairs when you don’t have the pram with you, and so on ;).
Getting fit proposal #7: YouTube phenomenon!
Probably the cheapest and easiest way to get yourself moving. Search for “mommy and baby workout” or related queries and you’ll find loads of exercise ideas that you can do from home. Or… (I love this one) take down the drapes, search for your favourite song on YouTube (something that gets you moving), and start dancing like crazy. Your baby will have a blast and might even join the rhythm. I bet you’ll start sweating before the song is over!
How do YOU combine being a mom and exercising? Any cool, innovative method? Surprise us!!!
Would you like to exercise in the nature, meet other mums and discover some of Oslo's beautiful surroundings? Then Trilletur Oslo is the perfect plan or you!
These trilleturer (which basically means strolling trips) take place on a weekly basis all year round. You just have to follow them on Facebook and stay tuned for their latest events. Each week they'll post the location and meeting time of their next trip. All you have to do is mark your attendance on the Facebook event and show up. All excursions end at a cabin or café where you can snack something, breastfeed and change nappies.
My trilletur today was in Bygdøy. We walked almost 8km and ended the stroll at Kafé Villa Grande. A little piece of advice, leave home with good timing if you're taking public transport. Today there were so many mums joining that the bus got full very quickly. There was no more space for strollers, so some mums had to wait for the next bus.
At first I was a little bit concerned to see myself surrounded by Norwegian mums only, but not at all. Most were norsk, yes, but they were super nice and had no problem talking English to me. Overall, it was really nice to get to chat to other mums while moving a little. And Thea got to sleep in the fresh for over 2 hours straight (big achievement these days!). She loooved the bumpy roads ;).