When you’ve just had a baby, exercise may be the farthest thing from your mind, but it’s important that new mums stay fit and strong. You might be thinking, “How on earth can I go to the gym when I’ve just had a baby?” Not a problem—you can actually exercise with your baby!
Emma Glover of Model Mummy (and her baby Brody) shows us how.
Baby Exercise #1: Modified push-ups
Place your hands on each side of your baby, knees hip-width apart, then engage your core as you do your pushups. Do 2 sets of 10.
Bonus tip: Like Emma, you can kiss your baby as you go down—baby Brody really seemed to enjoy this.
Baby Exercise #2: Crunches
Lie on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees up.
Sit your baby on your chest, making sure that your baby is well-supported before you proceed with your crunches.
Do 2 sets of 10.
Baby Exercise #3: Low leg-lifts
This exercise tones your lower abs. Sit your baby on your chest, then lift your legs into a table-top position. Then, engage your core and abs as you lift your legs up towards the ceiling. Do 2 sets of 10.
Baby Exercise #4: Plank
Lower your elbows on the floor and tighten your core, aiming for a minute.
If you want to step up the difficulty of your plank, you can do the commando, keeping your core engaged:
Baby Exercise #5: Squats
Place your feet slightly apart, holding your baby in your arms. Do 2 sets of 10.
You can also hold your baby front-facing:
(Brody here is asleep so you can actually exercise while your baby is napping!)
Baby Exercise #6: Lifts
Lie down on the floor with your feet planted on the floor. Support your baby’s neck and bottom and engage your core as you lift. Do 2 sets of 10.
Watch the whole video here.
Republished with permission from: theAsianparent Philippines