By Brittanie McDonald
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
It seems these days that just about everyone has had a baby or is soon due to have one. Between my sister Jackie who has a 10 month old, my sister Fallon who is due to give birth in just 4 weeks (YAY!) , and of course, Mrs. Sarah C and her adorable 11 month old, Nico, I have learned WAY more than I could have ever expected about being pregnant, child birth and taking care of a baby. Most of this learning is on a first hand basis: as soon as my sister Jackie went back to work, I started babysitting her daughter Lily every Tuesday on my day off.
Lily is such a good baby and I love our time together. But watching her all day from 8-5 is tiring and time consuming (I give all you moms out there SO much credit!!) At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is go for a run or workout. My solution? I did a workout WITH her!
We first started off with a nice long walk – pushing a baby in a carriage makes for a great cardiovascular workout. After the walk, we went into the back yard and, using Lily as a weight, I did some squats, lunges bicep curls and overhead presses. Then placing her on the ground I did some push-ups, making sure to give her a nuzzle and a kiss every time I lowered towards the ground, followed by some peek-a-boo sit ups with her in my lap. Lily LOVED it!
It was a different style workout for me and FUN for both of us! So sticking with the theme I had in my last blog, there are NO excuses not to get a workout in! These exercises may sound crazy and complicated, but just think of your baby as the medicine ball that we often use in workouts, only it grows as the weeks pass! But hey, you should be getting stronger too!
All you new moms out there, I know life may be a little hectic right now but it is important to take care of yourself as well! Take your time getting back into exercising and make sure you ask your doctor when you can start back up. But when you do get the okay, you now have a new and fun workout that you can do while spending some quality time with your baby. Enjoy!