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Workouts for Moms

Finding the time to take care of your body when you have a new baby can be hard. Between washing bottles, feeding the baby, or changing diapers, there usually isn’t time to fit in a trip to the gym. Check out these 6 hands-on exercises you can do with your baby:

Baby Dance
Not only does dancing improve your coordination and balance, it is a great cardiovascular exercise. Hold him or use a carrier to keep him close to your torso. Tighten in your abs while you dance and mix in different intervals of speed. Breathe deeply while you dance and try to make your movements large and animated for the best workout.

Baby Curl Ups
Lie on the ground on your back, knees bent, with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Sit her on your stomach just above your pubic bone so she can lean against your thighs. Hold onto her securely with your hands. Contract your abs and lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the ground. Draw your abs up and in while exhaling as you reset. Do 15 to 20 times and then rest before repeating.

Reverse Baby Curl Ups
Lie on your back on the ground and bring your knees up toward your chest so that your shins are parallel to the ceiling. Place her on your shins lying on her stomach. While tightening your abs, slowly bring your knees up toward your chest, so that her head moves closer to yours. While lifting your head and shoulders, your hips should raise slightly into a curl position.

Baby Overhead Press
Sitting cross-legged, hold him in front of you with your elbows bent. Straighten your arms and raise him above your head without locking your elbows. Lower him to starting position and repeat 10 times. Rest and do another set!

Baby Bench Press
Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and with your feet flat on the floor. Tighten your abs and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Hold him close to your chest, and raise him into the air above you. Pause, then lower him back down to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

Baby Lunges
Stand tall and hold her close to your torso. Take a large step forward with one leg and bend both knees at 90 degrees. Keep your front knee directly over the foot while your back knee moves toward the ground. Push off with your back leg and return to standing position. Do 10 reps on each leg!

Next time you have a few spare minutes of mommy-and-me-time, get to lifting or lunging. Not only will exercise help boost your mood, but your baby might get a giggle or two also!




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