By Kate Horney
Did you know you can exercise with your baby AND get back to your pre-baby weight?!
For new moms, this is the ultimate win-win! As a mom myself, I understand the obstacles that new moms face when it comes time to burn that baby weight and get back into shape. I know you want to look good, feel great and have the energy you need to keep up with your little one, yet sleep deprivation and crazy infant feeding schedules make it tough to get in any kind of routine. Time seems to be the number one thing standing in our way! Our time is so short to exercise and it’s also short to be with our kids… but if you can combine the two you get the best of both worlds!
I have a great solution for you with Stoller Workouts!
Give this 10 minute stroller workout a try and check out these fun moves:
STROLLER WALKING LUNGES: For simple lunges, place your hands on the stroller handlebar and lunge forward with one leg while pushing the stroller out. Step your feet back together, and then lunge forward with your other leg. Repeat this 10 times, then return to a walk or sprint.
Want to challenge yourself? Shifting your weight to your left leg, square your hips and lift your right leg up behind you. Squeeze your glutes and hold for a second, lower your leg, and then repeat the lift again with the next leg for 10 reps each leg.
STROLLER SQUATS: Stand behind your stroller with your hands on the handlebar shoulder-width apart. With your feet and knees forward, squat down as if sitting on a chair, keeping your weight in your heels and your knees directly above your ankles. (Be careful not to put weight on the stroller; you don’t want it to tip.) Squeeze your rear end and return to the starting position.
STROLLER DECLINE PUSH-UPS: Make sure to park your baby’s stroller safely in a locked position. With your feet up on the stroller, place your arms shoulder-width apart on the ground. Keeping back and abdominals strong, lower your chest to the bench and then press back to the starting position. Always keep your body in a straight line.
STROLLER PLANK HOLD: Here’s a fun plank variation for working your core! Start in a plank position with legs together and feet on your stroller. Bring both knees in towards your chest, squeezing your abs. Then, straighten your legs back out to full plank. That’s one rep. Build up to 3 sets of 12-15 reps (resting in between).
Finding the time to exercise is challenging for new moms but using your stroller is a fun and effective way to stay fit while interacting with baby.
Kate Horney is part of the Momsanity Team, which is a community of Moms striving to achieve balance through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. You can read more about this amazing program here.