I always try to fit a workout in at home during the day while I am home with my daughter and my son is at preschool. When she was younger, it was a little easier. She’d take her nap and I’d get my workout done then. Now that she’s older and all over the place, it can make it a little more challenging. For some reason, my daughter decides she wants to love all over me as soon I start my workout. She crawls on me, tries to give me kisses and hugs me. I can’t ever pass that down. So, I decided to incorporate her into my workout routines. My little petite sixteen-pound toddler is the perfect size for some added weight! Plus, it gives me that extra burn and I don’t have to miss out on any love she’s trying to give mama.
All of these exercises are super simple, any mama can accomplish them! Whether you do one set of ten or three sets, anything is better then nothing and you don’t have to worry about taking any time away from loving on your little ones!
Here’s some ways to try and incorporate them!
Legs and Glutes
Put them on your shoulders or hold them in your arms while you squat
Walk and do lunges while the little one is in your arms
Sit them on your lap while you do a one-minute wall sit
Sit them on you while you do glute bridges
Hold the baby and do side leg lifts
Lay on your back, lift your legs, and lay your baby on your calves to do leg raises
Lie on your back and lift them in the air for a good shoulder press
Hold them under their armpits and do some bicep curls while standing
Lay them under you and give them a kiss every time you do a push up
Have them sit on your back while you do pushups for added weight
Do tricep dips while they sit on you
Do some sitting Russian twists while holding them in your arms
Have them sit on your lower stomach during crunches
Sit them under you while you do a 30-60 second plank
Lay them on your stomach while doing leg lifts
Lay them on your legs while doing reverse crunches
Most importantly… walk walk walk!
It has so many health benefits that just walking alone can help you lose weight!
Walking for 30 minutes can burn up to 200 calories, re-energize you, improve your mood, reduce the risk of stroke, and even extend your life!
So, pop that little one in the stroller and enjoy the outdoors.
These are a perfect opportunity for a bonding moment with your babies!
Must I also mention, there’s an app called Sweatcoin that pays you to walk outside! If that doesn’t help motivate you, I don’t know what will! I’ve been using this app for about a month now, and it’s awesome! Of course, the weather hasn’t been to nice since it’s cold here on Pennsylvania so I can’t wait to put it fully to the test come spring and summer.
Check it out here.