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Exercising after the baby is born is a lot easier than you'd think. It's easier if you exercised regularly before you became pregnant, and during your pregnancy, but anyone can do it. You don't need a lot of extra money, a gym, or a babysitter. Newborns sleep a lot during the day, so take that time to pop an exercise video into the DVD. You can buy just about any kind of exercise video these days from low impact, to high impact step aerobics. You could do yoga, Pilates, kick-boxing, weights, or dance moves.
If you live in a big house where you can exercise away from the nursery, you won't be worried about waking up the baby. In a smaller house or apartment, exercising with headphones on will keep the noise level down. Most baby monitors come with light sensors so that if the baby cries, you'll know it by the flashing lights. So, if the music is cranking in your headset, no need to worry!
Don't underestimate the power of walking. While your friends are pushing their limits at the local sweat shop (i.e. fitness club), you'll be strutting your stuff down the street…pushing a stroller. Babies love that gentle rolling action and it's the perfect place for them to nap. While baby is sleeping, you're carving out a new set of post-pregnancy glutes.