New baby makes working out difficult

Since having a baby, I’ve had some difficulty finding a good time to workout. My little girl is five months old. I have managed to shed the majority of the extra pregnancy weight just by eating extremely healthy. However, I’ve definitely lost a bit of muscle tone. My belly is especially soft. I was diligent about exercise throughout my pregnancy. I devoted an hour per day, six days per week to my physical fitness right up until the day I went into labor. In the third trimester, I was no longer able to go for a run, jump rope or ride my bicycle. I kept up with stretching my muscles and lifting weights. I swam laps and enjoyed water aerobics. Now that I have my baby to care for, I’m struggling to fit in my workouts. I work five days per week from 8:30 to 5 PM. In the morning, there is just enough time to feed the baby, get myself dressed for work, greet the nanny and manage my commute. I can’t force myself to get up any earlier than 6:30 AM. My daughter is still not sleeping through the night. She often gets me up to feed or rock her two or three times during the night. Her entire sleep schedule is very unpredictable, and I’m exhausted. Even on the weekends, her naps rarely last for more than forty minutes. Every time I try to sneak in a workout, she wakes up. I’ve gotten very good at condensing my workouts into an especially strenuous half hour. I utilize HIIT workouts, wind sprints and anything that burns a great deal of calories in a very short amount of time.

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