Work Out With Baby: Here's How to Make It Happen
By Genevieve Cunningham
When you’re at home with a baby, getting things done is a challenge. Every time you begin something, the baby needs attention. Because of this, a lot of things go forgotten, or at least are put on pause for a while. While this might be OK when it comes to dishes or laundry, it's not OK to forget about your own health and well-being. But what can you do? How are you supposed to get in a workout with a little one in tow? If you’re in this situation, take a look at these ways to incorporate baby into your exercise so that you can focus on you and baby, too.
Baby Makes a Great Weight
In case you were unaware, babies are heavy. Depending on the age of your child, using baby as a weight may have you lifting anywhere between 10 and 30 pounds. So how do you do this? Just hold baby securely in your hands, preferably away from your chest, and do some squats or lunges. You might think it sounds easy, but be ready for baby to feel really heavy really quickly. You'll definitely be challenged, and chances are good baby will enjoy it as well.
Use a Stroller
Walking is a great way to exercise. If you have a baby at home, strap them in a stroller and get to stepping! This will bring all of the benefits of walking, but will add an additional challenge. Baby plus stroller may weigh close to 50 pounds, so you’ll be pushing this heavy weight for a greater challenge and bigger potential results.
If baby is OK playing on their own for a few minutes, you may be able to squeeze in some intervals. Lay your little one down on a blanket, and get in some sets of lateral runs, jumping jacks, jump squats, or any combination of exercises. Between sets, stop and attend baby. Chances are good that baby will find your jumping around quite amusing, and you’ll be able to get in a few sets before stopping.
It can definitely seem like a small baby keeps you from getting things done. But when it comes to working out, this doesn't have to be the case. Use these tips for using your baby in your workout, and you’ll never (or rarely!) have to miss your exercise again.
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