Welcome back to Tone It Up Tuesday. I’m your host, AmberLynn, and today we’re talking to all of the moms, babysitters, cool aunts, friends, etc out there who interact with small children and love to get fit. If only this blog had gotten cool enough to have its own tv show…..
Either way, I really am speaking to those of you out there who feel a lot like Stacy over at Stacy Makes Cents.
First, once you’ve had a baby, because I’m only talk to those post-natal women this week, wait until you’re cleared for exercise! I can’t stress this enough! Do not try to do ab workouts in your postpartum room! There is a lot that went on with your body during the time that you were growing another human being, so take it easy….you earned it. Then, when your health practitioner clears you to go back, start slow. I recommend walking at first.
After my second child I found out that I had split my abs open in a condition known to the fitness and medical communities as diastasis recti.
Like that….not like this:
Which limited the abdominal exercises I was allowed to do for awhile. This is important information to have when planning your course of action with any daily activity as your core (including those abdominal muscles) is greatly engaged in almost every move you make. You also need to consider (especially after your first) that the wave of relaxin hormone that washed over you has made all of the joints and ligaments in your body extra flexible and therefore at extra risk of being injured by shear forces caused when you stop abruptly or change directions quickly. The loosey goosey feeling in your hips was great while pushing out junior, but not so great to have your knee surgically repaired because you turned around too quickly post-baby.
If you’re not that into exercising after the baby, you might just consider a few moves to help keep you in strong mama mode for those activities of daily living…here are a few of my favorite ways to interact with my kids while sort of doing resistance training.
|The Push-Up or Plank: Great for giving kisses and getting smiles, but also great for learning how to push doors open with a baby strapped to you and how to get back up off of the floor when you just don’t think you can any more! The plank is a great precursor to the push-up, check out more on it here.|
|Squat: If you want to know all about some of my favorite squats, link here, but this is a great one to practice if you want to be good at getting up every time you sit down because your baby needs you and you never get to rest…and according to the look of this picture, helps you duck to avoid things thrown at you and prepares your baby for future Tae Bo workouts. You can also do the squat while holding or wearing the baby for an extra close experience.|
|Woodchoppers: A nice way to make some eye contact with your little one and work on putting away groceries at the same time. Also good for learning how to bend down correctly to get EVERYTHING that that little one is going to drop on the floor.|
|Side note: Sorry I didn’t have time to shoot actual images with my kids. Here you can just imagine that you’re using a baby in place of the fitness equipment and that you look like you instead of this fitness model.|
|And I just don’t know what this guy is doing with this baby.|
Did you/are you concerned with losing the baby weight?
Have you ever borrowed someone else’s kid to workout with?
Would you let that guy babysit your kids?!