6 Strategies That Beat Post-Pregnancy Pudge!

Invest wisely.

Honestly assess your resources and objectives so you make smart ''investments.'' For example, invest in support -- a babysitter, a mother's helper, a partner or spouse, a neighbor. If money is an issue, look for a trusted neighbor who will watch your child for an hour on Monday while you go for a run in exchange for you watching her child while she runs errands on Tuesday. Invest in equipment -- if your budget doesn't allow for fancy home equipment or a gym membership, buy a jogging stroller to make your walks or runs outside a breeze. Invest in your wardrobe -- a snazzy new sports bra and matching bike shorts, even if you hide them under a comfy shirt, will give a little bounce to your step. Invest in a personal trainer -- a few sessions with a trainer can help to rebuild your workout habits and be a source of personalized advice. Invest time -- because the time you spend exercising is an investment in your health and self esteem.

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