3 Easy Exercises for New Moms
3 Easy Exercises for New Moms
After having a baby, exercise rarely tops a new mom's to-do list. Sure, she wants to get back in pre-baby shape, and quickly, but between diaper changes and meal preparation, sleepless nights and loads of laundry, even a stay-at-home mom rarely finds time to go to the gym or pop in an exercise DVD. With the added distraction of the cutest little baby on the planet to occupy her time, it's no wonder exercise gets pushed to the back burner.
Our experts have put together three perfect exercises to do with your baby, so you can spend quality time with your new bundle of joy while also getting your body back into the shape you've missed for the past few months.
There are tons of exercises you can do on the floor with your little one. Lying on your back with your knees up and your baby resting on your shins is fun for her and a workout for you. Often known as the Superman, this fun activity makes your baby feel like she is flying while you contract your abs and work on tightening your tummy. Moving your knees toward your face while you crunch gives you the perfect opportunity for a mid-workout kiss atop that soft baby hair.
While in that same position, but your feet flat on the floor and your knees angled, set your baby on your stomach and hold her with both hands. Curl your head, neck and shoulders up so that you make eye contact with your little one, contracting your ab muscles. It's a fun way to play peek-a-boo while working on tightening those stomach muscles.
Bust a Move
Trading late-night dinner and dancing with your significant other with late-night feedings and diaper changes doesn't mean the fun has to end. Dancing with your baby is an effortless way to burn fat and calories, all while bonding with your little one and teaching her all your favorite childhood songs. Put on a classical CD and waltz around the house, or crank up all your old-school favorites and shamelessly dance to your favorite boy bands. Your baby will crack up at your silly moves and will enjoy the spinning and activity.
Ramp it up. Incorporate regular intervals of lifting your baby up so she is eye level and then lowering her down toward your navel for an added triceps toning exercise. Move her side to side as well for additional abdominal toning. Holding your baby firmly while you do deep squats in time to the beat will help tone your gluts and thighs.
Tummy time is an important part of developing your baby's core, but the same also goes for you. Lie down on your stomach with your little one in front of you, bend your knees and keep your feet flexed. As you lift your knees off the ground, squeeze your legs together and hold that pose. Try to hold while you sing a nursery rhyme or recite a poem to your baby. You can make it a fun game for you by seeing how far in the song you get before you need to rest. Start with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and work toward all the verses of "Mary Had a Little Lamb."
Another move while in the same position is to stretch your arms out like an airplane and point your toes. Lift up your arms, legs and chest at the same time and hold the position without locking up your elbows or knees. Your little one will get a kick out of your silly pose and will enjoy the songs and stories you tell while working on your core.
What exercises kept you fit as a new mother? We’d love to hear in the comments!
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