When you’ve got a baby it’s hard to exercise. Especially in the early weeks when the baby WILL NOT LET YOU PUT IT DOWN. It must be held all the time, so what’s a parent to do?
The answer is you incorporate the baby into your exercise. Because despite what everyone says, we don’t all breastfeed and those of us who do don’t all magically lose weight because of it.
Here’s my daily exercise routine. I do about 1000 reps of each about a million times a day.
The Hip Sway
A useful one for those times when baby will not rest until you aren’t resting.
While standing and holding baby, move your hips from side to side, like so:
A bounce must be included if the baby is at all particular. Which, let’s face it, they always are.
Plus the bounce is great for your quads.
You can’t always get outside for a walk with the baby in the stroller or a carrier. So when you’re stuck inside and need a little walk, the three-step is always a good idea.
You can do it with just one bounce, as written, or you can bounce each step. Because fussy babies demand it.
The Seated Bounce
When you’re tired of standing, you can still get some exercise while seated. Just put baby on your lap and pull up the coffee table or an ottoman.
While the illustration shows a bounce, you can also sway your legs back and forth to replicate a swing. Having a pacifier on hand may help.
The major problem with the Seated Bounce is that as baby gets older, their legs get in prime position to kick you in the boobs. Ow.
Can’t ignore your biceps, right? Here’s a video illustration of baby curls. These are best when baby is in a good mood and has a little more neck control.
And last but not least:
Put baby down for a nap. Pick up baby 2 minutes later when baby screams. Repeat all day long.
Have any of your own baby exercises? Share!