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Fun fitness gifts for new moms

Karen Hawthorne is a health and lifestyle writer and producer in Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in print and online for publications including Glow, Homemakers, and theNational Post.

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

Working in exercise between feedings and diaper changes isn't easy. Moms need support and encouragement to squeeze in some me-time for fitness. These awesome fitness gifts will help jumpstart Mom’s exercise enthusiasm.

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

BOB Ironman Stroller

Mom can take her workout outside with a super-light and durable stroller that's made for active living. Baby can sleep or watch the world go by in comfort and safety with a jogging stroller, such as the BOB Ironman Stroller that goes as fast and far as she can go. Plus, it's easy to fold and pack into a car. She doesn't need to train for a marathon, but she might be inspired to.

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

Moby Wrap

The Moby Wrap, a comfy wraparound baby carrier, will let Mom get mobile and still keep her baby close. This carrier is perfect for powerwalking, strolling through the farmers market, and even doing lunges in the living room, all while baby stays snug next to Mommy's chest. Different than strap and snap baby carriers, the Moby Wrap is a long piece of fabric that ties around the body. It also comes in a UV version for added protection for baby against the elements.

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

FC 1.0 Child Carrier Backpack

Nature is ideal therapy for stress and anxiety, so heading out for a hike in the woods is a great way for Mom to get her heart rate up and enjoy the fresh air while letting her tension melt. With the FC 1.0 Child Carrier Backpack, she can explore trails and challenging terrain while safely toting her baby -- the backpack is sturdy, padded for comfort and lightweight for ease of use. It also boasts a padded seat, toy loops, adjustable harness and a washable chin-pad.

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

Baby Boot Camp

Stroller fitness classes make exercising fun and efficient. A fitness trainer puts Mom through her paces with cardio and strength-training moves while baby is cozied up in her stroller, along for the ride. The group class offers a supportive environment for moms in the same area to connect with each other and make friends. As we all know, building a social network is good for your health -- and for coping with stressful days and sleep-deprived nights. Check out your local Y or community center for classes, or this national franchise,

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

Zumba Fitness

Zumba, a dance-related fitness class, is fun, popular and guaranteed to boost Mom's spirits with upbeat music and easy dance moves. Get her a membership at a local health club offering Zumba or let her bring this fun fitness routine into her living room with an exercise video. Mom can use it during baby's nap time or early bedtime, making this workout quick and convenient.

Fitness gadgets and gear for new moms

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