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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Workout and Wash Out

There’s no question that exercise has a million benefits for Moms, but how are you supposed to fit it in when you’re taking care of your kids, a house, and a stash of cloth diapers? I’d love to hear how other families multi-task while doing diaper laundry! Do older siblings help sort pockets and inserts post-wash? Do you switch the washer cycles one-handed while feeding baby?

With a little bit of luck, I can get through the first couple hours of the morning using this routine.

Helpful Tools:
Washer and Dryer
Baby Swing
Lindsay Brin’s Post Natal Boot Camp
Special K Fruit and Yogurt Cereal

1. After feeding the baby, get her comfy in her swing with Pandora radio in the background. (Why pay $10 for a Baby Mozart CD, when you can get the real thing for free online?)
2. Presoak diapers in cold
3. Eat a healthy breakfast and drink a full glass of water. Keep another glass handy for the workout that’s coming up.
4. Run a cold rinse cycle
5. Start the workout with a 3 minute warmup
6. Switch the washer to Hot and add detergent for the wash
7. Choose an interval and ab workout
8. Jog to the washer and throw the diaps in the dryer (bonus for stairs!)
9. Wrap up with Lindsay’s cool down
10. Hang covers to dry

Exercising in the comfort of your own home has many benefits, but it can get mundane. The great thing about this workout DVD is that it has several different routines so you can customize a new workout each time. If you do this regularly, you’ll begin to notice changes in your body in as little as 6 weeks.

Lindsay Brin is an upbeat fitness expert who will keep you motivated. Her series, “Moms Into Fitness” includes everything from prenatal workouts to post pregnancy. By combining cardio, toning, and pilates, her quick sessions are geared to moms-to-be, new mamas, and veteran mommies. Using MIF, you’ll be a MILF in no time!

BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. Her favorite exercises are yoga, swimming, and lifting her 11 pound baby.


Christine said...

My toddler helps with laundry day. There's not a whole lot she can do, but she is good at pushing the laundry from the dryer door into the dryer. And again at pulling the dry clothes out of the dryer.

I often give her her own small pile of clothes to fold, so that I can fold my own without her undoing it all.

Regarding diapers: those get washed 2x/week and we're lucky if they get put away.

Working out? uh ... yeah right. That only happens on days that I work outside the home and get an actual lunch break.

Cicely said...

Work out? What's that?

I do my diaper laundry, usually in the evenings, after dinner, while we are watching tv. DH is usually able to hold the baby while I go switch from rinse to wash and rinse again. Then I hang the diapers on the rack and dry the inserts till they are mostly dry, then pull them out and let them finish drying on the dining room table overnight. Stuff the diapers in the morning while having coffee and baby is in a good enough mood to lay in the swing or bean bag chair and watch the Today show with me LOL.

Jen said...

I have to say that is an adorable picture of a healthy baby! Pump that iron kiddo! ;-)
I did Lindsay Brin's prenatal workouts... I think I'll do them in reverse order and then switch to the post natal workout once I get the green light to exercise!

Stacy Whalen said...

Now that my little ones are almost 3 and 8 months, I have been able to get out of the house and use my double jogger around the neighborhood. Sometimes my 3 year old even "runs" for short stretches. She sees me and my husband do it and she thinks it's great. Of course I don't get out everyday, but the other days, I KNOW I get a workout just doing the things around the house while holding the baby. When I'm not holding her, I have to squat every 30 seconds to keep her out of the dog food or cupboards or to break up toy disputes. OH, and lifting the humungoid carseat in and out of the car is a workout, too! I do wear the baby in the ergo when I can...all that squatting and moving around with the carrier is hard work!

Traci said...

what an awesome idea to get back and shape while being green! i have yet not been able to establish a workout routine that i stick with. this makes me want to do it more!

Bri, Ash and Ty said...

Love this idea! Thank you. I've been wondering how to squeeze the work out in the mornings and this is a perfect lay out! :)