So you’ve tried working out and your baby isn’t letting you? Ever wondered how to workout with your baby?
We’ve all been there. That’s where these carriers are glorious. I have come up with a baby wearing circuit workout that you can do right in your living room, and keep your baby happy at the same time! What better way to gain strength and lose baby weight than with working out with your baby!Here are some tips to remember when wearing your baby while exercising:
- Make sure you support the baby’s head if necessary. Wraps or carriers with neck support are best, if yours doesn’t have that option, make sure you hold their head! Babies don’t have much neck support on their own for months.
- Never lean over- side to side or forward, this should be obvious your baby could fall out.
- Keep them snug. You don’t want them to be able to slide around, but you also want to be sure they have enough breathing room as well again since they can’t move their heads very well.
- Follow directions on your carrier for proper use and instruction.
- Keep proper alignment in your movements, as the baby is an extra weight, on the front or back of your body, depending on which size/age they are at and which type of carrier you are using.
This is the kind of carrier I use, and it works excellent. It has neck support for when your baby is working on their neck strength, and then you can flip them around so they can see forward once they’re big enough. I highly recommend it, and it was a great price too!
For this circuit, complete 12 reps of the first exercises, then move on and do 12 reps of the second and so on. After completing 12 reps of each movement, take a 60-90 second break, then repeat two more times for a total of 3 rounds of 12 reps of 5 exercises.
Here is a short video of the movements-
Standing with legs shoulder width distance apart, hold your dumbbells with your palm facing away from your body. As you exhale, perform a bicep curl bringing the dumbbell up towards your chest. While inhaling, bring the weight back down to the starting position. Repeat this exercise until you have completed 12 repetitions. Keep your elbow hugging your body during the entire movement.
SQUAT AND HOLD
Stand with your legs a bit further than shoulder width apart. Hold the back of your baby’s head and lower your body weight down. Once your knees are slightly lower than 90 degrees, use your heels to press yourself back up to the starting position and repeat the exercise until you have completed 10-12 repetitions. Keep your shoulders back, chest out, back straight and don’t let your knees go over your toes.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and you hands on the back of the baby’s neck. Step forward with one leg, and descend until your back leg’s knee nearly touches the ground. Your front knee should stay above the front foot, and keep your posture upright, don’t slouch forward with the baby’s weight. Repeat this on each leg for one set.
STANDING SIDE LEG RAISE
Place your hands on your hips. Keeping your leg straight, raise it out to the side as far as possible, then using a swinging motion, continue until it crosses the opposite leg slightly. Repeat this motion on each leg for one set.
Sit on the edge of the couch with hands just outside of your hips, fingers forward. Lift your body up and walk your feet out until they are as far as comfortable. Bend your elbows about 90 degrees, lowering your hips towards the floor. Then press your body up, extending elbows. Keep your bum close and parallel to the couch during the dips.