Column: Fall into fitness


Commentary by Kara Babcock

The end of summer can be traumatic for those of us who think anything below 50 degrees qualifies as freezing. You do have to admit though that there’s something crisp and clean about cool fall mornings, free of the hot & humid Indiana summer days.  This weather makes for some of the best outdoor workouts all year especially if you are included your little one

With older kids back to school and the holidays fast approaching, it can definitely be a challenge to find the times and places to exercise.

Walking is one of the ABSOLUTE best ways to get in exercise throughout the day. After your older kids are on the bus, take 10-20 minutes out of your morning to take your little one on a walk in their stroller. Not only will it allow you to take in the fresh air and prepare for all the days obstacles but it will also allow you some time to bond with your little one.

If it’s difficult to take your littlest one out for a walk due to naps, schedules, etc. then make use of your backyard. You can do walking lunges with or without your stroller/little one to work your buns and legs, do jumping jacks for cardio and take a towel or yoga mat outside to do push-ups for your arms and plank to strengthen your core.

Doing all of these exercises 12-18 reps, 3x daily will significantly improve your overall fitness level along with creating endorphins, which will make your happier!

For more on how to get fit with your baby, contact me at

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