As a new mom, it can be hard to find time to take care of your home and family, let alone take care of yourself. When you have limited time to spend with your baby, the last thing that you want to do is ignore him or her so that you have time to exercise.
Here are a few exercises that you can do with your baby, so that you can get fit and play with baby at the same time. My Peanut loves when I make silly faces or count out loud while I exercise. He also enjoys watching our cat being a trouble-maker. (you’ll see Zazu in action in the pictures below)
Start with your baby held securely in front of your chest. I recommend holding baby facing you so that you get more interaction. Lift baby up above your head into a full-press. This is one rep.
Ok, so this is just a regular exercise, but you can hold a plank with baby under you so that the two of you can talk while you build up your core strength.
These are the same as regular push-ups except that you add a baby kiss in when you lower down. They are equally effective as regular push-ups, but they are cuter and a lot more fun.
Keep your arms tucked in to your ribcage if you want to work out your triceps instead.
Start holding your baby out in front of you with your elbows at a 90 degree angle. Curl your forearms up and bring baby to your chest.
Sumo Squat with Baby-Weight
Start with your feet turned out, wider than shoulder width apart hugging your baby into your chest. Keep your back upright and lower down into a squat. Stand back up to complete one rep.
This one is the hardest for mom and, according to my son’s giggles, the most fun for baby.
Start laying flat on your back holding baby up in “airplane” position. Inhale and tighten your core. As you exhale, use your core muscles to roll up to a seated position, holding baby out in front of you. Make sure that you are sitting up nice and tall.
Bonus points if you can get baby into a full press from here.
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