Instead of sacrificing precious bonding time with your new baby, why not work her into your exercise routine? Get started with these simple, easy-to-follow exercises with your baby.
Whether you run or walk, taking your baby with you while you log miles is a great way to lose baby weight. Just wait until your baby is at least six-months old so that she can sit up straight in the jogging pram. Keep your baby engaged by talking to her and pointing out scenery as you go by.
Take a class
From yoga to cardio, many gyms offer mommy-and-me classes. You get the benefit of having an instructor guide you through the best post-pregnancy workouts, and your baby gets to watch the other moms and babies move about the room.
And if you need a break, have dad take baby on his workout
Mommy and Me work out
Incorporating your new baby into your toning exercises can be fun for both of you. Start with these three moves:
1. Up-dog stretch
Lie on your stomach and keep your hips on the ground as you lift your chest up towards the sky. Lay your baby on the ground in front of you and shower him with kisses when you come back down.
2. Bench squats
Hold your baby as you squat down and sit on a park bench or the sofa. Engage your core (as if someone is about to hit you in the stomach) as you drive through your heels and stand back up.
3. Shoulder press
Stand up tall with your core engaged and hold your baby securely in your hands. Lift him up in the air and bring him back down for kisses.
On days when working out is the last thing you feel like doing, remind yourself that your new baby also needs stimulation and fresh air. Knowing that you're doing something healthy for her – while losing the baby weight – should help to get you out of the door.