This workout is not just for Mommies...it can be done at any time, but it does keep working out with a little one in mind :) Ok, my cousin asked me FOREVER ago for a workout for new moms wanting to get back into shape. Of course I said, “Absolutely it will be up next week!” That was totally 3 weeks ago. Even though I am pre&post natal certified I realized that because we do not have a little one running around a “new mom” workout needed a bit more research. So I have been working with some friends and clients to help this one along.
If you have a baby, baby you can actually get the child involved with this workout, if not nap time is a perfect time to get in a quick workout! Short of kidnapping my nephew, who would totally be a bit too big for this workout, I had to use another prop:
Baby Roll Ups
Starting on your back engage through your core to gently roll all the way up. At the very top remembering to reach the hands skyward to elongate the back. Once you are up there, tuck through the tailbone and roll back downwards to the starting point, moving slowly as if each of your vertebrae could move on it’s own.
Hello Baby Plank
This is inspired from the beautiful mobiles that we place over baby to engage them, but what is more engaging and beautiful than their mother?! Placing baby down on his/her back and hold plank...yes it is that simple! If you want to get creative “kissing push-ups” are a great way to play and connect with your little one, it also gives you an incentive to go a bit closer to the floor than you may be use to. Please feel free to do those on your knees.
Not So “New-Mommy” Thighs
Many of my clients just want to jump back into their pre-preggo bodies, but as we learned it took time to get there to start off with and it will again, however we can have a little fun while doing it. In a session with a client her daughter crawled over to play and she now actually tells me that on a semi-daily basis she will do this exercise to get a bit of toning in. (Shown being done while playing with baby as well as maybe a naptime version with using weights for an extra boost.)
I hope this helped and I will continue to play around with ideas for all the new mommies out there!! Congrats and enjoy!!!