For the past 9 months, I have been working out with my baby. Our workouts together have kept him entertained and he has kept me in shape. He’s been my little human weight and he’s given me quite a workout. The best part about working out with my baby, besides the fact that it’s our bonding time, is that as he gets heavier, the weight I lift increases. It challenges my body and forces me to work a little harder. It’s easy to keep doing the same thing or lifting the same amount of weight over and over again but we have no choice when we are using a little human weight to strength train.
Today, all that changed. My baby decided he did not want to be my weight anymore. I don’t know about you but whenever I see photos or read articles about working out with baby, I never see a crying baby or a baby who is struggling to get down to the floor to play. Instead, we are shown photos of smiling mommy’s and happy babies. It would be nice if it were really like that but guess what? Your baby will eventually want to do his own thing. He won’t want to be held close to you as you squat. She won’t lie still as you hover or do pushups. When this happens, we have to get creative.
Taking walks or playing races with a baby or toddler who is learning how to walk isn’t going work but there are other ways to get your workout in.
Ways to Exercise With Baby:
- Take baby for a walk in the stroller. Lunge while you walk. Squat, do side leg lifts, and leg extensions while you wait at a stop sign or stop light. Go to the mall and walk there. Most malls have mile markers so you can easily keep track of how far you have walked.
- Get a jogging stroller and take baby for jog
- Get a hiking backpack and take baby for a hike
- Get a bike trailer and take your baby for a bike ride.
- Go for a swim. Walk laps in the pool with baby in your arms or put baby in a pool float and push or pull baby as you walk laps.
- Turn on the music and dance with baby. Babies love to shake their booty’s. This is a great way to get your cardio done while baby burns some extra energy too.
- Dance with baby in your arms. You’ll get a great cardio workout and some strength training done. Your abs will be on fire. Make sure to keep your abs tight as you dance! Throw in some squats while you’re at it!
Do you have older kids and need ideas on how to squeeze in a workout with them? Read “20 Ways to Sneak in Exercise With Your Kids” for some workout ideas!