Before you had children, you worked out every day. Your toned physique put those fitness models on the cover of Shape magazine to shame. No? Well, it may be a bit of an exaggeration, but still. You miss it, right? Now your waking hours are filled with cooking, cleaning, homework, bath time, storytime and quite possibly work (ugh). So how can you exercise and lose weight after baby comes along? Time to get creative. Here’s a few ways to sneak in a little exercise while focusing on your baby’s early childhood development and giving your little one that the attention they crave.
This was a popular activity in Gymboree classes:
Hold baby face to face. Swoop him slowly from right to left at you sing:
“Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock.
Now I’m striking one o’clock.
Cuckoo! Cuckoo!” (Toss baby up in the air twice as you say this)
Try to count as high as you can (or until you feel as though your arms will fall off!)
Push ups – lay baby on an exercise mat so you are face to face. You can do push ups on your knees, or with straight legs for more of a challenge. Start off with 8 push ups. Build up to 3 sets of 8 repetitions.
Plank – lay baby face up and hold a “push-up” position keeping your arms straight for 20 seconds. Relax. Repeat 3 times.
Cardio – strollers are the perfect way to give baby some fresh air while taking a brisk walk or jog. Too hot or cold outside? Head to the mall where you can window shop during your stroll.
Big Kid Workout
Kids model after their parents. So set a good example by working out together, which can also boost early childhood development. You can do jumping jacks, “race” across the yard, or run in place (who can get their knees the highest?). I personally love to run, so my boys either ride bikes or grab their scooters and join me. Since younger children don’t often have the endurance to go more than a mile or so, you can use water bottles to work your biceps, triceps, shoulders and chest while you run, jog or walk. If they want to stop and rest, use that time to do heel raises or walking lunges.
Since kids love to dance, you can also pop in a workout DVD to do together, or turn on some of your favorite tunes and have a dance party. Most of all, have fun, and you’ll soon lose weight after baby is here.