Fit exercise into your baby routine.
Welcoming a newborn home is an incredible feat. Your world is quickly turned upside-down when all your efforts are focused on caring for your new family member. When is the last time you ate? Slept? Dare we say exercised?
A mom’s health and personal life usually takes a backseat during the early stages of child rearing, but it’s equally important to take care of yourself in any way that you can. Let’s face it, your pre-pregnancy body won’t reappear itself and you’ll need the energy and stamina to keep up with your ever-growing little one!
We’ve compiled a quick list of simple exercises you can easily integrate into your newborn baby routine.
Warm-up your body with a light cardio pas de deux. Hold your baby close to your body, while supporting their head. Slowly sway from side-to-side, avoiding jerky movements. Keep your knees bent, core engaged and heart-rate up!
Add a basic walking lunge to your everyday super-mom strides. Hold your baby close to your body, while supporting their head. Starting with your legs shoulder-width apart, take a controlled step forward with your right leg and bend both knees to 90-degree angles while keeping your front knee directly over the ankle. Push off the back leg and step your feet together. Repeat with opposite leg.
Introduce your baby to a new lullaby routine with this engaging static exercise. Start on your hands and knees, with your baby laying on their back. Lower your forearms on either side of your baby while keeping your elbows aligned below your shoulders. Walk your feet back into a plank position while engaging your core and glutes for stabilization. Hold for 30 seconds while singing your baby’s favorite lullaby. Rest & repeat, increasing plank intervals over time.
Supervise tummy time with a body strengthening exercise of your own. With your baby lying in front of you, also lay on your stomach resting your arms on either side with legs stretched wider than hip-width apart. Simultaneously lift your arms, legs and chest off the ground while engaging your core. Hold for 10 seconds. Rest & repeat.
Take advantage of your baby’s daily dose of fresh air with some easy interval training. Start by speed-walking for 30 seconds and then slow your pace down for 30 seconds. Repeat sequence for the duration of dedicated time/outing.
Throughout your baby’s initial months, you can start introducing new exercises that advance with their ongoing development. Once your baby develops head/neck control and can sit-up on their own without discomfort, you can explore a wider range of exercise options that ensure best safety practices.