Just because you have a new baby doesn’t mean you can’t work out.
One of the difficult things about being a new mom is trying to find time for exercise. While it’s true that breastfeeding helps shed baby weight, if we are really being honest, getting back to our pre-baby weight is something that weighs down every new mom’s mind (pun intended).
Even when you have a new baby or small children, I say it is always important to love yourself, and taking the time for your fitness falls into line with that. That is why when I saw this article on MindBodyGreen.com about exercising with small children, I had to share it.
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Not only is exercising with your baby helpful to ease back into the world of physical fitness, but it’s also a great way to bond with your new addition.
Before you try any of these moves, you should obviously check with your doctor, and they aren’t recommended unless you are 12+ weeks postnatal.
Baby Lunge Rotations:
Best to work your thighs, butt, and core, baby lunge rotations are done like a typical lunge, but obviously while holding your baby.
Hold your baby to your chest, keep your weight on your heels, draw your belly button towards your spine, and step forward on your right foot.
Lower your left knee towards the ground and slowly rotate your upper body towards your right leg. Then, rotate your upper body forward, and push your right heel back into standing position. Repeat for each side 10 times.
Also for your thighs, butt, and core, do a baby squat by holding your baby to your chest, keeping weight on your heels, drawing your belly button towards your spine, and lowering your backside as if you were going to sit on a chair. Make sure to keep weight on your heels, and only go as low as you feel comfortable, before returning to standing position.
Repeat 10 times.
Best for your chest, arms, and core, baby push-ups are done by placing your baby on a yoga mat or rug (obviously to keep them comfortable). Begin with your hands and knees directly below your shoulders and hips. Draw your belly button to your spine, lower your upper body towards and the ground, and then push back up to starting position. If you want to have a little fun with it, kiss your baby every time you move into the lower position.
Repeat this exercise 10 times, or until your baby gets tired of your kisses (which hopefully, will never happen).