The Essential Mommy And Baby Workout

Stop seeing your new baby an obstacle to fitness by integrating her into your workout

So, you’re looking to get back into your workout schedule, but you’re unsure how to do it while (literally) juggling a new baby. It’s true—sometimes the first hurdle to planning your workout after becoming a mom is what to do with baby?

Some of us are lucky enough to have a close family member or friend to call on to look after our little one for an hour while we work up a sweat. You may also find a gym that has a childcare. But rather than always seeing your child as an obstacle to your own fitness, try to find a way to integrate him or her into your workouts when you can.

There are tons of benefits to working up a sweat with your little one.

You will find that you actually DO have time to workout. Instead of blacking out the time when the kids are around as “no workout time,” you can add that time to an already existing exercise regimen.

Exercise is good for your kids, too. Exercising with your child and throwing in a bit of play can help him or her develop motor skills from a young age.

It’s great for bonding. Playing and exercising are very similar. You can learn a lot about a baby’s personality by crawling around on the ground for a while.

Here are some exercises that you can do with your baby that will surely put a smile on both your faces.

Squat with Baby Raise

Standing with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart and a neutral spine. Hold your baby securely around his/her chest and against yours. Bend your knees and lower your bottom towards the ground. As you rise back up, lift your baby up to just past shoulder height and then bring him/her back to your chest against as your lower down for another squat. If you feel nervous lifting your baby, cradle your baby’s bottom with one arm and keep him/her against your body throughout the exercise.

Laying Chest Press

Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Hold your baby around his/her chest while resting on your chest. Keep your elbows tucked close to your body, raise your baby up and then lower him/her back down.

Laying Hip Raises

Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Seat your baby right over your hips facing you. Squeeze your bottom and lift your glutes off the ground while raising your baby too then slowly lower back down to the ground.

Plank over Baby

Rest your baby on the mat and position your hands on either side of your baby. Your hands should be directly beneath your shoulders, and your body should form a straight line from your head to your feet. Hold the position for as long as you can.

TIPS:
* Baby safety: When performing exercises in which your baby must hold his head up on his own, be sure he can do so without discomfort (usually starting at 3 to 4 months old).
* Mom prep: Before performing any exercise, roll your shoulders back and down and draw your navel toward your spine to protect your back. Inhale through your nose and expand your ribs. Exhale through your mouth, drawing your abdominal muscles in.

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