As mothers, we know the amazing capabilities of our bodies. We carry our babies for nine months while they grow, then we labor for hours just to see them take their first breath of air. It’s magic. We give all of ourselves for their best interests, and why wouldn’t we? After all it’s hard work making a baby. Sometimes we forget to focus on ourselves after having a baby, we love our bodies for what they are capable of but we just cant find the time to replenish ourselves. This year, let’s resolve to make a few minor changes for ourselves to get strong without sacrificing quality time with our little ones. (Don’t get me wrong, you should take some ME TIME…but if you workout with your baby, you can use ME TIME to have coffee with a girlfriend or a long hot shower!)
Here are a few examples of some strengthening and toning exercises that can be done with baby in a Back Carry position in your Ergobaby Carrier. Why on earth anyone would spend money on expensive weights when you have a perfectly good baby, I will never know. Baby loves the interaction with mom and mom gets fit, it’s a win-win!
Workout with Babywearing
Begin in a standing position, feet hip width apart with a tight core. Keeping your back straight and bending at the knees, lower yourself into a squat. The key here is to squat down like you are going to sit in a chair. Make sure your knees do not stick out farther then your toes.
Begin in a standing position, feet hip width apart. tight core. Lunge your right foot forward. Push off with your right foot and back into a standing position. Lunge forward with your left leg and repeat.
The Side Lunge (my daughter calls it the crab walk):
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your abs pulled in. Lunge out to your right with your right leg and into a wide squat. Push off with your left foot to return to standing
Standing Core Strengthener:
Standing with your feet hip-width apart, use both hands to hold a can of soup straight out in front of your chest. Moving your torso slightly, slowly rotate your arms to the left as far as you can. Pause, then rotate to the right. That’s one rep.
Knee Cross Crunch:
Stand with your shoulders in line with your hips, and extend your right arm up and your left leg to the side, toes pointed. Next, lower your right elbow and raise your left knee, crunching them together on a diagonal line. Return to start.
Do fifteen reps of each exercise three times a week alternating with 45 minute walks (with baby in front or back carry position) on the odd days. Always make sure baby’s back is supported and belly is facing momma. For the walks, dont forget to dress baby appropriately for your climate and protect against the sun even in the snow and on cloudy days.
BONUS: count your reps out loud for baby to learn numbers
This post was submitted by Holly Yeager, a breastfeeding mama, a birth doula and a babywearing advocate in in Lancaster PA. She has three wonderful children.
Please use caution when attempting any of the carries, exercise or activities highlighted on this blog. Please use common sense and caution when using a Carrier. You should consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise program. For more information, see our Disclaimer.