After having a baby, it is hard to just jump right back in for a run or go to the gym especially if you have to watch your baby during your workout. The best way to have a successful workout is to exercise with your little one. Check out these six ways to exercise with your baby.
One of the easiest ways to get back into exercising after having a baby is to walk. Walking with your little one is super simple. You can either place her in a stroller or wear him in a baby carrier. If it’s in your budget, you can invest into owning a jogging stroller. Walking is not only good for you but also great for your child because of all the fresh air and sunshine.
If you are the type of parent who likes to explore trails and wooded areas, then hiking with your child is great for you. The best way to hike is with a baby carrier. Just like walking, hiking benefits your child too with the fresh air and sunshine. The best times to hike with your baby are early in the day or in the evening to avoid harsh sun rays. Before going on a hike, pack snacks, diapers, and anything your baby will need.
Before giving birth, you may have done yoga as your form of exercise, and light yoga moves with your baby is a great way to start exercising. You can lie baby next to you while you do the poses or include baby once he or she is old enough. Great poses to try out with your baby include cat and cow, knee plank push-ups, flying baby, goddess, boat, bridge, and leg lifts.
A fun way to exercise with your baby is to dance. Dancing helps you and your little one bond through music while also working up a sweat. Getting your baby dancing early will help develop a passion for music. Plus, you may get some giggles and smiles, and that always makes your day, no matter what. These days, there are also mommy-and-me or daddy-and-me dance classes that you can attend. This is a great way for you and your baby to meet other parents and their kids.
Swimming is a great way to exercise with your baby. In the water, you and your baby will feel weightless, so these exercises are easy on your muscles and bones. Putting your baby in the water will also teach him or her to love the water. Before swimming with your little one, make sure you have the proper flotation devices to keep your child safe and sunscreen and a sun hat to protect your baby from the sun (if it’s an outdoor pool).
Join a Mommy and Me Class
If you don’t feel comfortable with doing any of the exercises above or want to meet other mommies, then joining a mommy and me class may be the best for you. During a mommy and me class, they will have different types of exercises for you and your baby. These exercises will help you bond with your little one as well. Plus, participating in a mommy and me class is a great way to meet new mommy friends.
Now that you know six different types of exercises that you can do with your little one, it’s time to start working up a sweat. Exercising with your little one doesn’t have to be a hassle, but instead, can be a fun bonding experience. If you have any concerns about your child exercising, you should always contact their pediatrician. Also, wait six weeks after giving birth to start exercising. Always consult your doctor if you feel any pain or discomfort while you are working out.
Tiffany Simmons is a Georgia mom, wife, and aspiring children’s book writer. She acquired a BS in Mass Communications and Marketing from the University of West Georgia and is currently a freelance writer for childmode.com.