Before I write this blog post, I have to make it clear: I am not a parent. I’m not married, don’t have kids, and am not looking to have kids for a while. However, I have a lot of siblings (try six) and each are married and have children of their own.
That means lots and lots of presents at Christmas time for the nieces and nephews (no really, it’s a war zone of wrapping paper and Santa cookies).
So, in the spirit of writing blog posts that my readers ask me to write about, and showing no discrimination, I am going to write a post about how to exercise with babies (exciting!).
To my sibling who requested this article, here’s to you! You know who you are…ya silly!
- Ab Crunch, Baby!
One of the best exercises you can do with your baby are abdominal exercises! For real, though. Lie on the floor on your with the knees bent, and the baby either reclined or seated on pelvic area. While gently holding the baby in place, curl upwards with your shoulders while focusing on your core into a crunch.
Crunches are great for building up your core strength and abdominal muscles, this would be a great base for any campaign.
- Lunge With Me, Baby!
This exercise is great for the legs and lower body. While keeping your upper body straight and tall, look forward and take a large step with one of your legs. Keep your extended knee over your ankle during the lunge, while lifting the heel of your back leg. Be sure to dip a decent bit while doing these lunges, you want to feel it in your hamstrings, quads and glutes. Just stick to form and you’ll have great legs in no time!
- Baby Over the Head
While sitting cross-legged on the floor, seat the baby in your lap. While holding your baby and keeping your arms straight, pull your arms upward without locking the elbows. Hold the position steady for 2-3 seconds, and then in a controlled manner return your arms (and baby) to the resting position.
Do about ten of these bad boys, and your shoulders will be on fire!
- Baby on a Bench
(These names just get more and more creative, don’t they? I swear, it’s like we’re doing down a rabbit hole or something…Anyways, the show must go on!)
While lying on your back, with your knees bent, bring your shoulders (and baby) inward and to your chest. From here, raise your baby straight in the air without locking elbows, and then back down again in a slow controlled fashion.
- Baby Curling
This is possibly my favorite exercise out of the entire list, for two reasons.
- Building up your arm strength is great for parenting and being super mom.
- Getting your child involved to do so is just plain epic.
So, I assume while wring this post that as a parent you have a baby carrier. While keeping your back straight, curl the baby currier upwards. Concentrate on not using your back muscles, instead focusing on the bicep and curling at the elbow. This will ensure your keeping the focus of the movement on your bicep while not utilizing the other muscles.
I hope this was as much fun for you to read as it was for me to write. I enjoyed the challenge of writing something new, but I believe it will be beneficial!
Though these exercises have an entertaining side to them, they will be sure to be a fun and bonding way for parents and their children to exercise and be healthy together. If you would like me to write a specific blog post, or have a new exercise challenge for me, feel free to contact me at any time!
Have fun, and get lifting!