That you are a new Mama doesn’t mean you can’t work out and get fit with the rest of the living! A great way of getting back on your fitness grind is incorporating your little one into your work out routine. Not only would you be a yummy mummy in the process, you would also become a champ at multitasking! Here are some fun ways to work out with your baby:
Dance With Your Baby – Dancing is a light cardiovascular exercise that puts all muscle groups in full swing, it also helps improve your coordination and balance. You can dance with your little one by holding him/her in-front of you in a baby carrier that keeps him/her close to your body and supports his head. Avoid spinning too quickly or excessive bouncing around.
Baby Crunches – Lie flat on your back with your legs raised at the knees. Put your baby on your stomach and push your head and shoulders up slowly, engaging your hands and lie back after 2 counts and repeat the movement. Do up to 20 reps.
The Overhead Press – Sit up in a crossed legged position and hold your baby infront of you. Slowly lift your baby up and then back down to your chest. Do 2 sets of 10 reps, this is a great arm work out.
Baby Plies – Stand with your feet farther than hip-width apart, turning feet out slightly while holding your baby in front of you (stomach region). Keep your abs drawn in and bend your knees, lowering your hips and pressing your weight into the heels. Slowly straighten your legs and squeeze your buttocks while returning to a standing position. Repeat the motion for the other side. Do 2 sets of 10 reps on each leg.
Walking Lunges: Stand tall and look straight ahead holding your baby in front of you, close to your body. Take a large step forward with your right leg and bend both knees 90 degrees. Keep your front knee over your ankle as your back knee approaches the floor, heel lifted. Push off the back leg and step your feet together. Repeat the same with the opposite leg. Do 2 sets of 10 reps on each leg.