It is pretty well known that some Moms have a hard time finding time to exercise with a small baby in the house. I personally do not have a gym membership right now, so I have to find ways to exercise throughout the day.
My son, Oliver, is 4 months old, and is now old enough to participate in my exercises. I didn't want to exercise with him before he could hold up his own head, but now that he is more stable, I like including him in my workouts!
When working out with a baby, keeping your baby safe is more important that having perfect form. I am aware that in some of these pictures my form is not perfect, but when you are carting around a wiggling 15 pound boy, you just do your best! Following are 10 exercise that you can add into your daily routine while still entertaining your little one.
Works: Lower Back and stretches Hamstrings
Technique: Bend to a 90 degree angle and then stand up. Keep legs straight.
02. 90 Degree Crunches
Works: Core Muscles
Technique: Place baby on your shins and raise legs so that calves are parallel to the ground. Bring chest up towards baby in a traditional crunch motion.
03. Russian Twists
Works: Core and Shoulders
Technique: Cross ankles with legs 6 inches off of the ground (for beginners keep your legs on the ground) and hold back at a 45 degree angle. Rotate baby from one side of the body to the other
04. Sumo Squats
Works: Inner Thighs and Quads
Technique: Point toes outward and squat down until legs are at a 90 degree angle.
05. Bicep Curls
Technique: Hold baby tight in your arms and parallel to the ground. Extend arms downward until straight and return baby to your chest to lay a wet one on their cheek!
06. Raised Knee-In Crunches
Works: Core Muscles
Technique: Place baby on your shins and bring legs towards your chest. Extend legs until parallel to the ground while keeping your back against the ground.
07. Squats with a Shoulder Press
Works: Quads and Glutes
Technique: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and pointing forwards. Squat down until legs are at a 90 degree angle. Stand up and lift baby over head to add a Shoulder Press.
Works: Triceps and Chest
Technique: Do not let your arms look like mine in this picture! Lay baby on the ground. Do a traditional pushup and lower yourself until you can kiss baby.
09. Side Lunges
Technique: Start with feet together and take a step outward toward the side. Keep stationary leg straight while bending the leg that you stepped out with to a 40 degree angle. Repeat in the opposite direction. Attempt to look less awkward than I do!
10. Tricep Extensions.
Techniques: Lay on the ground and hold baby above your chest. Keep elbows in and extend baby upward until arms are straight. Lower baby, keeping elbows tucked in, until baby touches your chest.
* My arms are bowed too far outwards in these pictures to really work the Triceps. Focus on tucking those elbows in.
You don't need fancy weights and TVs to get a good workout! For all your little one will know, this is just modified play time.
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