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After our son was born, it took us a couple months get settled in to our new life: lots of sleepless nights, recovering from labor, and lots of trial & error on pretty much everything. After 2 months of parenting under our belts, we felt a lot more confident. While there were still so many things we were still figuring out, I was ready to get back on to a routine. Not necessarily pre-baby routine. I knew that wasn’t realistic, but instead looking to get more healthy and active. I was also experiencing some lower back pain, likely from being on my feet all day which is NEVER fun, especially with a newborn. Let’s just say the motivation was there 🙂 .
Getting a Routine
Yes, babies are totally unpredictable. Completely unpredictable. But after a couple months with Declan, I started to crave more structure and as much of a routine as possible. This will look different for each of us. Whether committing to go for a run each day, take a workout class that has a daycare option or power walk with a friend, I made sure that I had something on the calendar each day. This really helped in shaping our daily routines. Having the routine not only helped my mental well-being (I could only watch so much streaming TV in a day), but also got me more active, too.
It was a game changer for me.
The Right Tools
Lower back pain was definitely draining a lot of my energy every day. Sleepless nights and lots of running around didn’t help either. So, I wanted all the right tools to help me get more active. I started using the Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics. These provide immediate and all day comfort for your foot, knee, or lower back pain from being on your feet. Apparently, a lot of pain in the lower back and knees actually originate in your feet. Who knew? The Custom Fit® Orthotics give support and cushioning to disperse your foot pressure and reduce the pain-inducing stress on your knees or lower back.
To get the right orthotics for you, head to a Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® kiosk. Find one near you here. The kiosk uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create your Custom Footmap – identifying your arch type, foot length and unique pressure points. In under 2 minutes, the kiosk evaluates all this data and recommends the Custom Fit® Orthotic Inserts that are right for you. Just slip off your shoes, step onto the kiosk and follow the instructions on the screen. Pretty neat!
Walk Walk Walk
Living in a city, I’m able to do a lot of my errands via walking as opposed to driving. This helps me squeeze exercise into my daily life — like going to the grocery store and post office — on foot. I walk everywhere I possibly can with Declan in the stroller. Not only did these short walks make me feel better, but they got Declan to sleep in his stroller in no time.
Before heading out the door, I make sure to slip in my Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics Inserts. They’re comprised of 4 layers, each one provides a different benefit. Together, these layers provide support and cushioning to immediately relieve foot and lower body pain and provide you with all-day comfort.
Start the Morning off Right
Becoming a morning person has a whole new meaning with a baby! Even if my days get crazy (which always happens), I like to utilize my mornings the best I can. Once Declan started sleeping through the night, I began getting up an hour earlier than he does. I use this time to prep meals during the day, shower, clean the house, really anything on my to-do list. While I don’t love waking up at the crack of dawn (who does?), I’m going to bed much earlier than I used to pre-baby.
I’ve found that this time in the morning helped me so much get the day off to a good start. I was able to get all those little things accomplished that take up SO much time during the day while watching a newborn. An hour of uninterrupted time in the morning felt like 3 hours of time in the afternoon.
Drinking Lots of Water
Gone are the days of pregnancy small bladder. Thank goodness, right? Well I’ve personally never been great about drinking enough water. I too often opt for a cup of coffee instead. One trick that I found to help me: drink water each time I feed Declan. I keep a water bottle in his nursery for easy access.
So to be honest, I never mastered the sleep when the baby sleeps. I hate naps. I especially hate napping when Declan naps because that’s when I get things done! We had a lot of help in the early months, so instead of napping throughout the day, I would go back to sleep in the early morning while my mom took care of Declan. So, no take a bunch of naps tips from me. But if you can sleep while the baby sleeps, more power to you! Our son ended up being a pretty good sleeper and started sleeping through the nights pretty early. The consolation was that he hated napping. Like mother like son apparently. I started following his evening sleep schedule and going to sleep shortly after he went down at 8pm. Yes, there were times in the summer where I would literally be sleeping before the sun went down, BUT …. I was getting a full night sleep.
It truly helped me feel rested for the day to come and as Declan got older (and sleeping later into the morning), I went to be a little later in the evenings.
Getting active does take a little bit more preparation, time and energy with a baby, but it can be done. See how Nick uses Custom Fit® Orthotics to keep moving with 3 toddlers. (Yep, you read that right – THREE toddlers!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpyoRGre7eg
Stay active without all that lower back pain – Dr. Scholl’s® Custom Fit® Orthotics are an effective solution for foot, knee and lower back pain. You can even try the Custom Fit® Orthotics risk-free, with the Dr. Scholl’s® Money Back Guarantee. Plus, save $10 on your purchase!
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Any tips to stay active that worked for you?!?