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5 Toning & Tightening Exercises You Can Do WITH Baby at Home

Exercises you can do with a baby

As a mom, especially a new mom, it can be difficult to find time for a workout.  Even when you have the motivation and you WANT to workout (for your sanity, well-being and your waistline!), there’s a new obstacle in your way: you have no one to watch your child.  It’s an all-too-common problem! There are exercises you can do with a baby!

But what if you could workout WITH your baby, without the need for child care, and in the comfort and privacy of your own home?  Problem solved!  You can get your sweat on, your workout in and some bonding time with your little bundle of joy!

Check out these 5 awesome and effective exercises to tighten and tone!  You can perform them with (or without!) your baby in tow!

Exercises you can do with a baby
Image shot at Organic Movements Inc. by Paulina Splechta Photography

1.  Plank.  The plank is a great total body exercise, especially for that core!  Place your baby on his or her back on the floor.  Position yourself over your baby, nose-to-nose, balancing yourself on your forearms and your toes.  Keep your core engaged, your back flat and your tush down – there should be a straight line from your shoulders all the way to your heels!

If you’re feeling unstable or you’re not comfortable balancing over your baby, place the baby lying or sitting directly in front of you.  You can gaze at your beauty as you’re struggling to hold that plank position.  Try to hold it for 30 seconds, and repeat 3 times if you can!
Exercises you can do with a baby

2.  Squats.  A weighted squat is a great lower body exercise and having the weight of your baby also really engages your core!  Hold your baby snugly against your chest, or if you have one, strap the baby in a carrier on your front or your back.  Remember to keep your head up and chest out, and with a flat back bend your knees and squat down.  Try to keep your knees behind your toes throughout the entire movement (tip: push your tush back as if you’re about to sit in a chair)!

Try for 10-15 reps, and repeat this 3 times if you can!
Exercises you can do with a baby

3.  Push-ups.  The push-up is a great upper body and core exercise!  You can put your baby in the same positions as discussed in the Plank section above. Start in an extended arm plank position.  Bend your elbows to lower your body down, then push with the chest and shoulders to extend the elbows and push your body back up!

You can also do this on your knees, rather than on your toes, to make the exercise a little easier. (Don’t forget to steal a kiss each time you lower down!)  Try for 10 reps, and repeat 3 times if you can!
Exercises you can do with a baby

4.  Lunges.  Walking lunges are another great lower body and core exercise! You can put your baby in the same positions as discussed in the Squats section above.  Remember to take nice long steps and don’t feel silly doing them in your living room or around your dining room table!  If you don’t have enough room, you can simply lunge forward and then bring that same leg back to the starting position, then lunge the other leg forward, and so on.

Both knees should be at 90 degree angles while in the lunge position and, again, keep the knees behind the toes!  Try for 6-10 lunges on each leg, alternating, and repeat 3 times if you can!
Exercises you can do with a baby

5.  Lying leg raises.  This is a great exercise to target those lower abs!!  Lie on your back and place your baby sitting on your stomach facing you or lie them down chest to chest.  Hinge at your hips to lift both legs straight in the air, then slowly lower them down to almost touching the floor (you can rest them on the floor if you need to!) and then bring them back up again!

Try for 10 reps, and repeat 3 times if you can!

Exercises you can do with a baby

Remember to have fun, do what you can and enjoy this special time with your baby!!

What are some exercises you can do with your baby, MBMoms?

(Disclaimer: Always consult a physician before starting any exercise program.)

Modern Boca Mom contributor Samara is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for health, fitness, and social media. In her “downtime” from mommy-ing two boys, she is an account executive for a boutique social media firm and the founder of healthy living blog, Peace, Love and Ice Cream!

Belly Love Has a Whole New Meaning…

When I was pregnant with #dailybabyavery in NYC, I was thrilled to discover (what I nicknamed) the “Disney World of Maternity,” located conveniently on 57th Street and Madison Avenue (4/19/16 UPDATE: It is now closed, I just found out. Completely devastated for my pregnant NYC friends).  I knew now I had to find a South Florida Pregnancy spa. 

It was a Destination Maternity complex that included two stores, a fitness studio and a spa. A one-stop shop if you will for anything pregnancy-related. I could buy a formal maternity dress, get fitted for a nursing bra, take a Pilates class and get a facial all in one building. Genius! Continue reading Belly Love Has a Whole New Meaning…

Pure…BLISS. All About Pure Barre Boca Raton

Until I took Pure Barre classes Boca Raton, I thought that the only “tuck” that this Modern Boca Mom would ever get would be surgical.  Eventually (wink, wink).

Little did I know that the word would enter my regular vocabulary under a completely different meaning.  Ballet fitness!

Pure Barre classes Boca Raton

And now, there are two  Pure Barre fitness locations easily accessible to both East Boca (in Royal Palm Place) and West Boca residents alike. Pure Barre West Boca, is located at 9834 Glades Road (at 441 in the Home Depot plaza) and is one of 200 studios nationwide.  Yes, it’s also a fitness staple in New York City.

Pure Barre classes Boca Raton

Pure Barre West Boca

Pure Barre classes Boca Raton

Pure Barre East Boca

According to the PB website, in just 55 minutes you will achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. All the Pure Barre technique classes involve low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping and each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up!

See?  Tuck!

Pure Barre classes Boca Raton

Classes should be taken wearing comfortable clothes and I highly recommend purchasing “sticky socks,” so you can easily grip the floor during class.  I LOVE mine!

  Pure Barre classes Boca Raton

Because movements in all Pure Barre classes in Boca Raton are controlled and deliberate, they don’t involve dancing.  I had no idea that such tiny exercises (standing on my tip toes no less) would cause so much blissful muscle soreness the next day.

Pure Barre classes Boca Raton

Single Pure Barre classes in Boca Raton cost $23 each and package pricing is available. PB West Boca is offering a new client special: 1 month of unlimited classes for $99.  To register, click HERE.

Disclosure: MBMom was given an assortment of Pure Barre branded merchandise from the West Boca location.  As always, opinions and reviews are my own.

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When I was in early labor with #dailybabyavery in NYC, I had a unique moment of beauty clarity.  I decided to walk over to the nearest blow dry bar to get my hair done, so I wouldn’t have to worry about turning into a grease ball during my hospital stay. Granted, that was the least of my worries when it came to my childbirth experience, but don’t judge!  There are a lot of photos taken of you with that new baby…so why not start at a Cloud 10 Blow Dry Bar? Continue reading Sunny with a Chance of Cloud 10