Back in the Swing of Things: The New Mom's Guide to Fitness

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I had my second baby four months ago. And while I’d love to say my body has bounced back to its original pre-pregnancy state, the truth is: it hasn’t. Not that I'm stressing. Sure, I’d like to wear the too-tight pair of jeans hanging in my closet, but the fact that I can’t squeeze into them yet is NBD. I’ve got other priorities, and I feel good about that.

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Nevertheless, if I ever want to get back to the front row of a SoulCycle class (okay, back row!), I really need to up the ante sooner rather than later. It’s just so hard to find the motivation—not to mention the time! (Yes, “squeezing in” a workout with a newborn and a toddler at home is almost as difficult as, well, squeezing in just about anything with a newborn and a toddler at home.)

I know that once I get into a regular fitness routine, I’ll like it and I’ll make time for it. But getting to that point hasn’t been a slice of cake (mmm, cake). It’ll happen though—and I’m working toward it one yoga stretch at a time.

To help inspire activity and promote health and exercise, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite postpartum fitness finds. From fashionable workout essentials to must-have gear, here’s what’s helping me get back into the swing of things.

Slow and steady wins the race, and my beloved skinny jeans are patiently waiting at the finish line.

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1. Athleta Twilly Tank, $39
These days, I like my tank tops loose and breathable. This one clings to all the right places. Casual and breezy, it also looks cute with jeans.

2. Camelbak Water Bottle, $20
I’m breastfeeding, so I really need to stay hydrated—especially whilst working out. I can refill this Camelbak bottle with tap water from the water fountain at the playground, thanks to a built-in plant-based filter.

3. Jawbone UP24, $130
This fitness tracker monitors activity and sleep—because a new mom wants to exercise and needs to rest.

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4. Boob Fast Food Sports Bra, $89
This nursing sports bra offers ample support for my very ample assets (please pardon the excessive cleavage—I can’t help it... #nursingmomproblems). With padded shoulder straps and a racer-back design, the aptly named Fast Food Sports Bra is extremely comfortable and incredibly practical for my active lifestyle. The inner cup is made of a soft, fast-drying mesh and the cup un-clips easily with one hand. I wear it around the house and while out and about for a stroll (or a jog) with my little one. I love that I don't have to sacrifice a good sports bra for the convenience of feeding my baby.

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5. Lysse To-Go Wrap, $108
Great for a yoga class or errands, this wrap takes me from the gym to baby gymnastics class—and everywhere in between.

6. Summit X3 Double Stroller, $649
All-wheel suspension and all-terrain tires make for easy maneuvering and handling. And the kids love the ride—especially when Mom picks up the pace.

7. Apres Bebe Leggings, $69
Great for low-impact exercise, these maternity leggings are my best friend. They’re comfortable, slimming, and the no-roll control panel help me feel supported (and, okay, I admit it) skinny!

8. Nike Training Shoe, $95
Give me a stylish sneaker, and I’m a happy (and comfy) girl. This shoe provides a barefoot feel and the wraparound Flywire cables offer a stabilizing fit.

9. C9 by Champion Classic Grip Yoga Mat, $14.99
A standard yoga mat is all I need at home, at the park, and at the studio. (Bonus: My toddler also likes to practice his own moves on it!)

P.S. The wee one "works out" with me... Don't you just love her Under Armour exercise pants? She does some serious infant calisthenics in them! (Kick kick kick.)

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