Posted on June 15th, 2020 by Caitlyn Miller
I LOVE LOVE working out with my baby boy. Although, it was a lot easier to do when he was younger. He barely wants me to hold him, but yet still wants to be close to me on his own terms. You can divide these workouts into 5 minute iterations throughout the day. Or if you’re one of the lucky ones and your baby can play by themselves for a bit, you can do the whole workout all the way through! The workouts below are also great to do with any age.
Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before performing any type of physical activity.
Benefits Of Working Out With Your Baby
Working out with your baby is such a great way to bond with one another! It usually makes them laugh and smile. You’re also getting in a workout as well and getting those endorphins going! Working out in front of your baby is also instilling healthy habits into them. When your baby gets older, he/she may even try to start mimicking your movements and how cute is that!
Push-Ups: These are your basic push-ups, however, you can rest on your knees if needed. Tickling baby or talking to them at the bottom is a great way to bond! You can do these for 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Squats: Nothing beats squats! Make sure your feet are shoulder width apart and be sure to hold your baby to your chest. When you come back up, push your hips forward and squeeze those glutes! You can also talk to baby while squatting! You can do these for 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
Glute Bridge: Be sure to lie on the floor with your knees bent, feet touching the floor, and your shoulder blades should be the only upper part of your body touching the floor. Sit your baby on your hips and push your hips up into the air then go back to the starting position. You can do these for 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
Chest Press: Lie on the floor when your knees bent and feet touching the floor. Hold your baby to your chest and then press baby up in the air above you. Return to starting position and repeat! Babies usually love this, since they’re going back and fourth from being really close to your face and then far away! You can do 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Good Mornings: I love doing good mornings and they are just 10x better when I do them with my baby boy! Stand in a squat starting position (feet shoulder width apart), knees should be slightly bent, and then push hips back and lean forward. Make sure not to bend your knees like a squat. You should feel this in your hamstrings. You can cuddle your baby to your chest while performing this exercise, how perfect is that?! You can do these for 3 sets of 10 repetitions.
Bird Dog: Baby should be laying on the floor below you for this exercise. The best way to get into position for this is to, start in the table top position. From the table top position you should lift your left leg back (or right, whichever) and your right arm forward (or left). Then you should return back to the table top position and repeat this on the other side. You can do 3 sets of 15 repetitions.
Let me know how this work out goes and if you and baby enjoyed it! I would also love to hear different movement suggestions!