January often brings thoughts of getting in better shape. Rare is the person who doesn't overindulge during the holidays. But the battle of the bulge is made ever more difficult when you've recently had a baby. Just ask the new moms on Parent Soup - they'll attest that motivation is hard to come by when there's an adorable new baby around. Below are some of their favorite workout videos and ideas for finding ways to exercise. And you'll hear from one wise mom who's accepted her new measurements. Whatever your weight goals are, remember that your body is capable of amazing things and deserves your respect, no matter how much you weigh.
• "If you like to dance, I recommend MTV's 'The Grind' workout video. I like it because it is a lot more fun than doing leg lifts to Hall and Oats. It is a high energy dance that will most likely take a dozen workouts to master - but that's half the fun. And I feel a bit sexier doing all those gyrations!"
• "'TaeBo' is a workout tape that is similar to learning karate. You do kicks and punches that not only get you back into shape, but also help you learn how to defend yourself. I have been doing it for about two weeks, and I love it. I already feel tighter all over. I find it very motivational. To buy it for yourself, watch for the infomercials, or you can go to www.taebo.com to check it out!"
• "My mother and I like the Jane Fonda workouts. Try to get a neighbor or friend to do it with you, it is fun to have a partner. Also try taking the baby for walks around the neighborhood."