When a baby is born, we don’t have much time to go to the gym. But all new moms want their figures back as soon as possible. A survey has shown that nearly 60% of moms with one- to 2-year-olds still carry a few extra pounds. If you don’t want to be a part of these statistics, you can start working on your body in your own home and make your baby your new workout buddy!
Mother of 3 Olga Baykina has shown 5 Fun Facts some moves that will help you not just to burn calories but to spend some fun time with your baby.
Hold your baby in your arms in front of you. Stand with your feet spread shoulder-width apart. Sit back and down as low as possible with your knees over your ankles. Return to the starting position.
6. Forward Lunges
Stand with your feet wide apart, and hold your baby close to your belly. Take a large step forward with your right leg, and lower your body until your knee forms a 90° angle. Switch legs, and repeat the exercise.
5. Side Lunges
Hold your baby with their stomach facing down. Put your hands under your baby. Take a large step to the right, making sure that your knee doesn’t extend past your toes. Keep your left leg straight. Repeat with your opposite leg.
Stand with your feet more than shoulder-width apart. Hold your baby in front of you. Bend your knees as far as possible until they make a 90° angle. Hold this pose for 2–3 minutes, and then return to standing.
3. Hip Bridges
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Hold your baby securely above you, or sit your baby on your hips if it’s possible. Lift your hips up, and then return your hips to the ground.
2. Reverse Curls
Lie on your back on the floor with your knees toward your chest. Place your baby on your shins. Raise your hips and upper body upward. Give your baby a kiss on the forehead! Return to the starting position.
Lay your baby on the floor near you. Plant your elbows on the floor, and rest on your forearms. Make sure your elbows are under your shoulders. Keep a straight line from the top of your head to your heels. Hold the position for 1–2 minutes.
Try to take some time for this fitness routine every day. Always be aware of your baby’s safety while exercising. Enjoy the process, and use it like playtime with your baby — who is definitely going to like it!
After having a workout with a baby, you can distract yourself with the hilarious illustrations of French artist Nathalie Jomard. She includes in her drawings a lot of the struggles women face during motherhood.
Which exercises did you like the most? Have you ever worked out with your baby?
Preview photo credit Nathalie Jomard