Why do you really need a gym when you carry a 15 pound weight all day? Now that your baby is nearly approaching 4 months, you can use that as advantage to jump full force into your postpartum exercises rather than going to the gym. After all as a mother, you wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving your child at the daycare at such a young age, as it will keep you worried about his well-being. So why not have fun with your baby as your get into your postpartum.
You’re right if you want to make sure you’re doing enough strength training to help you build muscles and regain some of the tone you’ve lost and with your baby around, you’ll realize that you don’t need fancy weights or expensive equipment, since you have a built in 15 pound weight that you lug around all day.
Now that your baby is a bit sturdier and his doesn’t need quite as much support from you, then you can involve him into your workout. Toddlers love playtime and activity and it really get your muscles going. As your child grows bigger and heavier, you’ll just keep getting stronger and stronger. Below are five exercise you can do at home with you sweetheart.
1. CHEST PRESS
- Lay on your back with your arms bent, and baby held down by your chest.
- Slowly raise your arms so that baby is in airplane mode, flying above you! Then slowly lower back down, and repeat 10 times.
2. SHOULDER PRESS
- Sitting up straight, hold baby in front of you so that you are face to face.
- Lift baby up and out away from your body, and then slowly lower back to your face. Repeat 10 times.
- With your back on the floor, bend your knees at a 90 degree angle. Stabilize baby so he is resting on your shins, and hold onto his hands.
- Slowly extend your legs away from you, holding onto baby’s hands until they are as far as you can reach. This move will really work your ab muscles! Bring knees back into chest, and repeat the movement 10 times.
- Stand with your baby held in front of you, and feet a little more than shoulder width apart.
- Bend at the knees (with feet facing outward) and squat as low as you can go. Using your legs (and not your back!), return to standing position. Repeat 10 times.
5. STAIR CLIMBING
Hold your baby in front of you, and walk up and down a set of stairs for 10 minutes. Feel the burn in those legs!