3 moves that you'll LOVE to do with your littlest ones!
Is fitness a love language? If it is - I think it's' mine.
If I love you - I will probably want to exercise with you. And if you really want to make my heart sing, take me for a run or on some active adventure. Is that weird?!
One of the first ways I really bonded with Little M when she was born was to incorporate her into my fitness life. Not only was it good for this mama's weight loss and mental state - but it was fun to share something I LOVED so much with the little one I LOVED the most!
As she's gotten older, Little M has been the recipient of THOUSANDS of pushup kisses, rider for hundreds of miles in her BOB stroller and my almost constant companion for workouts of all kinds! I love that she is growing up seeing that fitness is fun, and something that is just an every day thing in our family.
I'll be honest - when she drops into a "Down Dog" my heart explodes a little with hearts and unicorns.
Since working out with my kid had become such a huge part of my life - about a year ago I decided to get certified as a pre/postnatal fitness trainer to help other mama's reach their fitness goals -and what resulted was starting Moms in Motion classes in 2 different towns!
You CAN get a good workout with your kiddos and it's my goal in life to prove it to you! Here are a few of our FAVORITE mama-and-me workout moves that will get you stronger and your kids will LOVE!
When your kiddos are tiny - this chest to chest squat is best. You can hold them tight, or even use your front carrier for more support. As always with squats - remember to engage your abs, keep your chest up and sit your butt back, keeping your knees in line with your toes.
As they get older, your little love might want to see what's going on around them, especially if you're working out with friends or in front of a mirror. Hold them facing out, supporting under their rear for this version!
When they're even older - your kiddos will probably love THIS version of squats. Be sure they have good balance and you feel comfortable and safe holding them on your shoulders while you squat.
This was the very first exercise I did with Little M and she STILL laughs every time! Lay your little one under your face/chest and complete your pushups from your knees or toes. Remember to keep a long, strong line with your body from your heels to your shoulders. GIve that cutie a big ol' smackaroo every time you lower down!
When your littles are on the move - they seem to think push-up position equals moms-climbing-gym. If you feel comfortable, let them ride on your back while you complete your push-ups. Be sure that you can do these without sacrificing your form, or take it to your knees.
Love You Forever Bridges
Not only are these bridges one of the best exercises for a post-partum mama, they are also really fun to do with your kids! For smaller kids, lean them back against your legs. Starting with your back to the ground, tilt your pelvis under then lift your hips up to make a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. With control, lower back to your starting position.
Disclaimer: Although I am a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, you should consult a physician before starting any exercise program or diet. If you choose to do any workouts on this website, you do so at your own risk.
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What are your favorite exercises to do with your kids?
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