Laltey, I’ve been loving working out with Claire nearby or by involving her in my workouts. I find doing strength freely while involving Claire really helps me get it done faster and with less fuss from both of us. I’m hoping to squeeze a workout like this in on my trip this week, but it’s great for any time at home with her.
Here’s a workout you can do while holding your baby (almost) the entire time. If you don’t have a baby, borrow one (haha just kidding, but not really), do it with a 15 pound medicine ball, or without the baby instead.
Hold the Baby 15 Minute Workout
20 Side to Side Squats w/leg kick backs
hold baby facing out, Claire loves this one and cracks up!
15 Lunge Pulses Left
hold baby over lunging leg
15 Lunge Pulses Right
15 Bridge Lifts
baby seated upright on your lap or laying down on your legs
15 Side Plank Raises Left
place baby under/near you or sit them up if sitting
15 Side Plank Raises Right
15 Overhead Presses
use baby as the weight, moving them up & down in front of your chest
Repeat 3 times. You can vary the reps greatly on the exercises too depending on the weight of your baby. The heavier they are, the harder it gets. I can only get about 10-12 overhead presses while holding Claire since she’s 15 pounds.
Note: your baby should have good head control in order to join you in your workout. I would probably not try this with a baby younger than 2 months, but use your best judgement.
And there you have it! I love working out with Claire nearby. If I can’t get a workout in during nap time, it’s fun to have her join in on the exercises.
Questions for You:
- How do you incorporate working out with your kids?
- Do you prefer workout videos or strength workouts on your own accord?