Exercise is important, not only for your physical health but it makes you feel good too. It’s a great stress-buster and even better if you can get out into the fresh air to combat any cabin fever. So here are a few fitness workouts I do to make sure I’m looking after my body as well as my baby.
Turn just about anything into an exercise
Provided you are aware of your form and have a safe eye on baby, a multitasking workout is as good as any – who has time for the gym these days anyway?Hold a plank position or a squat on the edge of the bath while you are bathing your toddler, maybe work in some push ups – it all adds up. For more multitasking ideas check out @BWMCFitness on Instagram.
Your buggy is your best workout friend
There are so many exercises you can do with your buggy, just pushing it is so last year. You can also head to the park for some fresh air and know that your belongings are safely attached to the buggy with a KeriKit changing bag and buggy clips. I designed KeriKit bags to change with you, and although they started as a multiples bag I now use it every day to head to the gym. Have a look at the range here.
Try doing lunges as you’re rocking baby to sleep: stand tall with your abdominals drawn in, shoulders back and down and chest lifted. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth and use the “talk test” to avoid overexertion (you should be able to talk or sing to your baby while exercising). Take a large step forward with your right leg and bend both knees 90 degrees. Keep your front knee over your ankle as your back knee approaches the floor, heel lifted. Push off the backleg and step your feet together. Repeat with the opposite leg. Visit Mountain Buggy for more ideas.
Work your core: Kneel in front of the buggy and hold on to the bottom of the frame. Slowly push the buggy away from you, keeping your core engaged and extending your arms so your body becomes as close as parallel to the floor as you can manage (this one isn’t for the faint hearted!). Then pull the buggy back towards you and return to the starting position. Feel the burn! For more buggy workout ideas check @Baby_fitgym on Instagram.
Workout while you bond with baby
There are lots of workouts for new mums out there which actually incorporate baby into your workout so you can do them at home whenever you grab a spare five minutes and baby will love it too.Baby safety: When performing exercises in which your baby must hold his head up on his own, be sure he can do so without discomfort (usually starting at 3 to 4 months old).
Curl-up with baby: Lie face up on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Place your baby in a seated or reclined position on or just above your pubic bone. Hold him securely under his arms with your fingers wrapped around his torso.Contract your abs and lift your head, neck and shoulder blades off the floor in 2 counts; lower in 3 counts. Exhale through your mouth as you curl up, drawing your abs up and in. Do 15 to 20 reps. Rest and play, then do 1 more set.
Try some Baby Pliés: Stand with your feet just wider than your hips, and turn out your feet. Keeping your core engaged, bend your knees so you lower your hips and press your weight into your heels. Hold for a few seconds, then slowly straighten your legs and squeeze your buttocks to return to standing. For more ideas click here.
I’m a big fan as it really helps me with my sleeping pattern! Yoga is a great way to strengthen and tone your abdominals, pelvic floor and back. It’s good for your baby too; not only do you bond with baby and enhance the non-verbal communication between the two of you, but yoga can also help alleviate wind and colic after feeds, contribute to the development of the brain and the nervous system and even promotes a more ‘settled’ behaviour with less extreme ups and downs. Grab a mat and sign up to a class near you.
Listen to your body
If by some miracle the little ones happen to be napping at the same time its okay to join them and take 40 winks rather than exercise if that’s what you feel you need. Just remember that getting your heart pumping may reinvigorate you and give you a pick me up to carry on with your day.Ultimately, squatting down to blow your toddler’s nose still counts as a squat, and sprinting up the stairs when things are just a little too quiet and you just remembered you left your sharpies within toddler-reach still counts as cardio. So don’t guilt trip yourself if you haven’t had the time to exercise recently, being a full time mummy is about as good a work out as you can get.
Love to all
Disclaimer: Although I love working out with the kids I am no fitness guru or personal trainer, these are just a few ideas I wanted to share with you. Please remember to get the okay from your GP before trying any exercise after pregnancy and that any exercises are suitable for your baby’s age and stage.