Baby Involved Workouts
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Bond with your baby while you get a nice fitness burn! Anna Kooiman leads you through exercises she incorporates into her 'Mommy and Me' ('Mums and Bubs') postnatal classes in Sydney, Australia. If your baby is asleep or fussing and you want to do these workouts on your own with out your child, simply use your bodyweight or light hand weights instead. Often the entire session does not involve the baby anyway. Some moves in these workouts incorporate the baby, others do not.
Be sure to follow ACOG guidelines. Focus on good posture and pelvic floor lifts. You also want to activate your deep core stabilizing muscles (TVA - transverse abs) throughout these workouts by drawing your belly button toward your spine. Don't forget to breathe! Use that diaphragm, not your chest.
Designed to fit into your busy and hectic schedule, the baby involved workouts are typically about 20 minutes. Strong Sexy Mammas recommends also choosing a warm-up and cool-down from that portion of the members site. This is a great way to get oxygen flowing throughout the body, prepare your body for exercise, and get in a nice stretch. We recommend these workouts for mammas with little ones at least 3 or 4 months old. Neck strength is important, but also be sure to support your little one's head just like you would during your activities of daily living. Of course, be sure your doctor is okay with involving your little one in your exercises. Include these safety considerations in your medical consultation. Never put your child in a compromising position. If in pain or concerned, stop immediately.