It is an understatement that making time to workout postpartum is challenging. Right after I had my baby, working out became a less priority, but I still try to find time to workout whenever I get a chance. At 11 months, my baby became an active explorer but also wants to be held as possible if I am doing something. Edward now weights about 26 lbs (12 kg), so he’s heavier than a typical set of dumbbells I used pre-pregnancy but my body is unknowingly getting stronger to carry his weight! I put some simple exercises to help tone muscles and at the same time have fun with the baby! This workout should be pain-free, and not recommended if you have any pain.
Squats: 3 sets of 10 reps
Hold on to your baby as you squat down. Stand with your feethip-width apart, and as you lower your bottom, keep your legs parallel, knees in line with your ankles and your toes.
Lunges: 3 sets of 10 reps
Hold your baby securely, take a big step forward and bend your legs to 90 degrees into a lunge position.
Glute bridges: 3 sets of 10 reps
Lie on your back, and have your baby sit (my baby didn’t want to sit, so he’s standing with assistance). Lift your hips while tightening the glutes, and slowly lower down.
Sit-ups: 3 sets of 10 reps
Lie on your back, and bend your knees at 90 degrees. Have the baby sit on your tummy, hold his/her hands, and perform sit-ups.
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