It’s not always easy to work off baby weight, especially with a newborn to take care of. Your schedule is now overrun with feedings, changings, and interrupted naps, making it nearly impossible to get to the gym. Nevertheless, there are some steps you can take to get your body back in shape even with a little one to care for. Here are four great workouts for new moms.
Mommies love to give their babies kisses, so why not use that idea for motivation? Have you baby lie down on his or her back on a mat on the floor and do pushups over his body. Every time you come down successfully, give the baby a kiss. This will ensure that you keep moving up and down, and it will give you a chance to play with your baby at home. You can wear a necklace with a toy on it to keep the baby entertained, and then you can do a full set of reps without interruption.
Another fun exercise to do is to tickle your baby while you do crunches. Lie down on the ground with your knees bent and feet on the ground. Then put the baby in between your legs with his or her feet on your chest. You can use this position to do crunches, and then you can tickle your child every time you come up towards your legs. This will make the child laugh and it will give you more incentive to come up over and over again.
If you hold your baby as you walk up a set of stairs, you will be forced to keep your body in a vertical position. A lot of people will start to slouch when they walk up and down the stairs because they are trying to relieve the pain they feel as they walk. That will only cause back problems in the future. By holding your baby as you walk, you will keep your body level and give your arms a good workout along the way.
A lot of women like to bounce their babies on their knees as a form of play. That can actually be a workout for your legs if you do it correctly. Try to time yourself during the bounces, or count the number of bounces that you do. The added weight of the baby will put pressure on your legs, forcing them to work harder. If you do this enough, you may be able to re-sculpt the bombshell legs you once had.
You don’t have to go to the gym to look great as a new mom. You just have to use your time with your baby to make yourself look great at the same time. Multitask your way to a new body, or at least back to the old one you had before the baby. Think about the options above and start your baby workout routine right away.