As a mom, you are probably busy from the time that you wake up in the morning till the time you go to bed. However, this does not mean that you can’t squeeze in a nice workout for a bikini body!
To prove it, I have put together seven awesome workouts that you can do at home with your baby or child. They are quick, energizing and allow you to spend some quality time with your precious little one. It is a win-win situation!
7 Exercises That You Can Do With Your Baby
This particular exercise is an excellent way to tone up your arms and improve your posture. Begin by laying flat on your back with your arms bent, and your baby held down by your chest. Next, slowly raise your arms so that the baby is in airplane mode, soaring happily above you. Slowly lower your baby back down and then repeat the process at least ten times in order to sure you are getting a quality workout.
You can tone and strengthen your lower body with front-carrier squats. Start by standing with your baby in a front carrier. Make sure that your feet are just passed your shoulders and that your toes are pointed slightly outwards. Proceed to inhale as you lower your body as if you were going to sit in a chair. Keep your tailbone pointed to the floor and your navel pulled in. Exhale and return to your starting position. You should aim for three sets of ten to twelve.
Target your hamstrings, buttocks, calves and quadriceps with walking lunges. Your initial position should consist of you standing tall and looking straight ahead with your baby in a front carrier. Take a large step forward with your left leg and bend both knees 90 degrees. Your front knee should be over your ankle and your back heel should be lifted. Push off of your back leg and proceed to place your feet back together. Repeat this ten times on both your left and right leg.
This is by far one of the most exciting workouts to do with your child. Whether your baby is in a front carrier or walking on their own, simply put on some upbeat music and dance! Dancing provides a light cardiovascular workout and targets a variety of muscle groups that improve your coordination and balance. In addition, it is sure to help reduce stress and elevate your mood.
Blast your abdominals with this easy workout that begins with you lying on your back while your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle. Stabilize your baby so that they are resting gently on your shins. Hold tightly onto your baby’s hands as you slowly extend your legs away from you as far as you can reach. Bring your knees back to your chest, and repeat this movement a minimum of ten times. This can also be performed by placing your baby on your belly.
While lying flat on your back with your child resting beside you, place your arms at your sides and extend your legs straight up with your feet together as they point towards the ceiling. Then draw the alphabet with your toes while saying it out loud to your baby. Try to keep the moves as slow as possible and your navel pulled in toward the floor. Do at least one set of the entire alphabet and you have successfully managed to fit in a workout and educate your child!
Last but not least is the shoulder press. This involves you sitting up straight while holding your baby in front of you so that the two of you are face to face. You will then proceed to lift your baby up and away from your body. Afterward, slowly lower them back to your face. Repeat this ten times for maximum effectiveness. Performing shoulder presses on a regular basis will result in increased upper-body strength as well as a host of benefits that drastically improve daily functioning.
Stay Healthy While Having Fun With Your Baby
The simple workouts detailed in this article will help you to successfully tone muscles, lose weight and have fun with your baby! Now that you know how to break a sweat with your baby, it is time to start working on your dream bod! Here are just a few more tips to ensure the safety of both you and your little bundle of joy.
- When performing any kind of exercise with your baby in which they must hold their head up on their own, be sure that they can do this without any discomfort. This usually begins at three to four months of age.
- Immediately before working out, roll your shoulders back and down while drawing your navel in towards your spine because this will protect your back. Always inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
- Always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise routine. They will make sure that your body is ready and healed for exercise. In addition, only do what feels comfortable for your baby as well as your body.