Mamas are busy, busy, busy, but still like to work out. However, it’s hard to find the time to when you have a little one you’re caring for.
Well, here are some workout ideas you can enjoy while you’re with your baby or toddler.
One of the easiest forms of exercise you can have fun performing with your baby is walking. Of course, he or she may not be walking yet, but we’re talking about using a stroller or a baby carrier on the front of you. Walking together via the stroller is relaxing, bonding and gives you a change of scenery. You both get to enjoy time together in the great outdoors, while you get a cardio and leg-toning workout. There’s one caveat, however. Jogging strollers are popular, but are not suited for babies under six months of age because they don’t provide sufficient support for babies that young.
Here’s another exercise you can enjoy with your little one—front-carrier squats. Stand with your baby in a front carrier, with your feet just past the width of your shoulders and toes turned slightly outward. Inhale and lower your body down to sit in an imaginary chair, keeping your weight over your heels and your tummy pulled in and your tailbone pointed towards the floor or grass, if you’re outside. Exhale and return to start. Try to perform three sets of 10. Another option to consider: if your baby is too heavy to perform this safely, then put him or her in a little seat right next to you and interact with him or her while you perform these.
Here’s another one—high-chair or stroller lunges. Put your little one in a high chair or stroller, facing him or her. With your left foot back about three feet and your hands on your waist, bend both legs until your right thigh is parallel to the ceiling, keeping your right knee in line with your ankle. Blow a kiss at your baby or make a peek-a-boo motion and sound, then slowly return to standing, pushing through your right heel. Try to perform three sets of 10 on each side.
There are certainly other mama-baby exercises you can try with your little one, but those are just a few to have fun with.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.