I fully believe that having “no time” to work out isn’t an excuse. There’s always a creative and easy way to burn those calories throughout the day—with or without a gym. Since I’ve become a momma, as you may know, I’ve become really creative when it comes to getting my workouts in. When you mix having some fun with getting your fitness on, it becomes less of a burden and something you actually look forward to.
I’ve got my hands full with an energetic three-year old and a teething six-month old; so they need as much attention as ever. If you have the same issue, implement them into your workout. I know it sounds crazy but not only will you get toned … they’ll have fun while you do it!
Here are some of my favorite moves to do with my little ones. We make it a game and I’ll be honest … I get a serious workout. Especially with my chunky monkey!
- Lay flat on floor holding your baby under their arms or stomach. Let them sit on your belly
- While keeping back flat on ground, lift baby up above your body in upward and downward motion.
- Do 10-15 reps and hold for a few seconds in air between each one
THE PIRATE PLANK:
- Start on hands and knees, with your baby on their back below you. If your child is a bit older (and if you want to make it more challenging) let them sit on your back.
- Slide your knees back about 12 inches, keeping your back flat and your abs contracted. Hold the pose.
- Work up from 30 seconds to two minutes.
- Lie face up on the floor and bring your knees toward your chest; place your baby on your shins.
- Contract your abs to gently tilt your hips up off the floor as you lift your head and shoulders at the same time. Lower and repeat. Do 15 to 20 reps.
- Keeping your upper body straight, with your shoulders back and relaxed and chin up, begin by holding child in front of body
- Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips at a 90-degree angle.
- Do 10-15 reps on each leg
RAISE THE ROOF:
- Standing with your back straight and feet flat on floor at a shoulder width distance apart, hold your baby in front of you with straight arms.
- Lift child above your head and back down in upward and downward motion. Do 15-20 reps and rest.
Need more moves? Check out these sites for inspiration:
Fit Pregnancy | Mommy & Me // The Bump | 9 Ways To Work Out When You Have A Toddler // Fit 4 Moms // Babble | 5 Exercises You Can Do (At Home!) With Your Body // The Seasoned Mom | 10 Minute Post Partum Exercises
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