How to Do a Total Body Babywearing Workout
If you’re a new mom who wants to get her pre-pregnancy body back as soon as possible, but you don’t really know how to get it done because you don’t want to leave your baby – welcome to the club, you’re at the right place! Here is everything you need to know about exercising while wearing your child in a baby wrap, as well as some useful tips on how to do a total body babywearing workout, so stay with us and learn something new today!
What are the benefits of working out with your baby?
Benefits of working out with your baby are multiple, but the most important one is getting a chance to successfully bond with your little one. Your child will absolutely love the movements, and you can make it even more exciting by making funny faces and singing songs. Besides that, babywearing will allow you to exercise anytime and anywhere, without having to hire a sitter or squeezing in a gym workout into your already busy schedule. Needless to say, exercising with your baby can also improve their motor skills and muscular strength, which is an amazing benefit you shouldn’t overlook.
How to exercise safely while wearing a baby?
Well, the first thing you should do is to get a lightweight baby wrap that’ll keep your baby securely snuggled while you’re exercising. Your baby’s head should rest on your chest and you should be able to kiss them, so make sure not to position your child too high or too low in the carrier. As for your baby’s legs, their knees should be positioned higher than their bottom. Ensure that their legs don’t dangle straight down, as that position doesn’t promote healthy hip and spine development. Of course, the carrier should be tight enough to fully support your baby, but not too tight that it restricts their breathing. As for the exercises, keep reading to find out about the best ones out there:
Low lunge forward taps
Start this exercise with your right leg in front and the left one behind, and then bend both legs so that your knees form a 90-degree angle. Your left knee should be directly in line with your right ankle. Then extend your legs and sink back down into the 90-degree lunge position. Staying low, bring your left foot next to your right foot, keeping all the weight distributed on your right leg. Next, return back to the lunge position and repeat the exercise between 10 and 15 times. Then switch the leg and do the same number of repetitions.
Truth be told, crab walks are quite exciting and entertaining – especially to your little one, so be sure not to skip this exercise. All you have to do is to sit on the ground (grass or sand will do the trick) and place your palms right under the shoulders, feet planted. When that’s done, lift your hips off the ground and start the backwards crab walk. Bring your right foot in towards the body while you move the right arm out towards the back. Then switch to the left foot in, left arm back. Do this exercise for 20 to 30 seconds, and repeat it once again later on.
Tricep dips should be done immediately after crab walks as you need to stay on the ground in the same position as the crab walks. However, you should ensure that your palms and feet are parallel. With your hands directly under your shoulders, lift your hips off the ground and stay in that position for a few seconds. Then do a tricep dip by bending your elbows and pressing towards the back. The next step is extending your elbows, so keep bending and extending them in order to perform this exercise successfully. Repeat the exercise between 10 and 15 times.
Standing oblique crunches
The last exercise should begin with you standing with your feet apart, slightly wider than shoulder-width. Then extend your left arm overhead, leaning slightly to the right side, with your left leg extended and toe touching the ground. Next, lean to the left side as you bring your left elbow in towards your left side, and lift your left knee high up with your hips open. Then return back to the original position and do between 10 and 15 repetitions. Then switch sides and do the same number of repetitions.
As you can tell, a total body workout doesn’t have to be as difficult as you probably thought – even if you want to do it while wearing your baby in a wrap. However, before you start these babywearing workouts, make sure to learn how to do them in a safe way, without putting your little one at risk. When that’s done, all you need to do is to stick to our four exercises and you’ll manage to get fitter while bonding with your child and spending quality time with them. Does it get better than that? We don’t think so!