Late night feedings, diaper changes and lack of sleep ... These are some of the challenges that new parents face. It's all well worth the joy your little one brings to your life. The last thing, however, that many parents are thinking about is exercise.
Exercising with your baby is a nice way to get back into the swing of things. According to an article on Yahoo! Shine a baby carrier may be a “smart” choice.
“There are many comfortable baby carriers on the market, including slings, front carriers, and backpacks. Adding 10-20 pounds to your frame for a walk will boost calorie burn, helping you shed those extra pounds. And babies love to be held close to you. In fact, touching enhances brain development in infants, so as you get fitter, baby gets smarter!”
You can bounce baby to music or as he grows, teach him some moves. My son now points to the iPod and starts wiggling. According to Today.com, “Dancing is terrific exercise with major calorie burning and cardio workout built-in.”
Of course fitting in a little resistance training can be done in small increments. Below is a list of quick 7-10 minutes workouts you can fit in at home. You will want to work up to three sets of 15 for each exercise, with 30 second rests in between.
Band Lat Pulldown
Hold band overhead with arms straight up. You can adjust hands closer to increase tension. Contract the back and pull the band out while bringing the elbows towards the rib cage. Decrease tension slowly, raising back up and repeat.
Band Seated Row
Loop band around sturdy object. Have a seat on ball and hold band at waist level in an underhand grip. Row band back, pointing elbows behind and keeping elbows in tight.
Band Bicep Curls
Stand on the band and hold handles with palms facing out. Keeping abs in and knees slightly bent, bend arms and bring palms toward shoulders in a bicep curl. Position feet wider for more tension. Return to start and repeat.
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Hold weights at sides, palms facing in. Bend arms bringing top of weight towards shoulders.