Ultimate Workout Partners: Your Kids!
Family time is so important, especially when you find that dream home! Here are some exercises to try with your baby or toddler:
First, warm up. Pick up baby, holding her securely, and march for five minutes.
Next, sit in a straight-backed chair with the towel rolled under your knees. Set your baby or toddler on your ankles, holding the little one's hands. Keep your back straight, shoulders down and abdominal muscles tight. Straighten your legs to the count of a slow five until they are parallel to the floor. Hold for two beats, then bring your feet back to the floor to the count of five.
Lay on your back, leaning your sitting baby against your bent knees. Holding the baby firmly with one hand, perform crunches while playing "peek-a-boo" with your child. Keep abdominals tight and crunch upward eight times.
Position baby face-up on the floor. Place your hands shoulder width apart on either side of baby's face. From knees or toes, perform pushups slowly and deliberately, kissing baby with each rep.
Exercise will do the following:
Ease your stress to help you be patient with your kids
Increase your energy level so you can keep up with them
Let you spend time having fun together
Incorporate fitness into their lives at an early age, when habits are most likely to stick for life.