This post was originally posted on Fit Bottomed Mamas in August 2012.
In those early months with a new baby, it can be hard to find a minute to yourself. Your baby wants to be held nonstop, so forget about grabbing a workout, right? Wrong! You just need moves you can do with your little one. Oh, you know you wanted a way to fit in that workout…
Today, Tanya Becker shares five fun exercises you can do with your baby. After having twins, she was excited to get the doctor’s clearance to start working out and teaching classes again. She put these moves together to help new moms get back into the swing of things. She assures us you will feel the burn and be one step closer to getting your pre-baby body back.
5 Fun Exercises to Do With Baby
1. Plié the Baby Weight Away
A wide second plié with your baby is an exercise that will firm up and define your thigh muscles, as well as tone up your shoulders and arms by holding your baby and engaging your core muscles.
Setup: Hold your baby and make sure you have a secure hold, as pictured below.
Execution: Once you are in position, slowly pulse down and up. If you have twins (like me), hold one baby in each arm. If you have one baby make sure to switch arms between sets.
Reps: If your baby is below 16 pounds, do 16 pulses. If your baby is between 15 and 20 pounds, do 8 to 12 pulses.
2. Baby Figure 8
The Baby Figure 8 exercise will target your entire waistline for the ultimate middle meltdown! Put on a great song, grab your baby and start trimming your tummy. Your baby will enjoy the swaying motion of this exercise, and you’ll love the results. Who needs Spanx!?
Setup: Sit on the floor against a cushion, rolled up towel or a baby Boppy with your knees bent at 90-degree angles and feet flat on the floor.
Execution: Hold your baby securely in front of you and gently move him/her to each side of you in a figure-eight motion, tapping his/her toes to the floor each time. Secure your abdominal wall by pulling your navel down toward your spine during this exercise. Be sure that your shoulder blades are lifted so that they hover just off the cushion.
Reps: If your baby is below 12 pounds, do 8 reps, and if your baby is between 12 to 18 pounds, do 3 to 5 reps.