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After the birth of my daughter, I had an uphill battle of the bulge to get rid of my pregnancy weight gain. With a newborn and two school-aged kids keeping me busy, it was easy to make excuses to not get that workout in. That is until I realised that I could incorporate my baby into my exercise routine. Now my baby is a toddler and together we have logged hundreds of hours of awesome play time that get me working up a sweat and her working up the giggles.
If you’re new to working out with kids, there are a few tips and tricks you can try to ease into the experience so that it is positive for everyone. Julie Baird, Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Pre and Postnatal fitness, with a Masters Degree from the French University of Sports Sciences and founder of Our Fit Family Life suggest that flexibility is key.
“I stopped planning my workouts with him and watched him play while squatting! If he felt like jumping on my stomach in the middle of my ab workout, it became the best workout ever,” Baird tells Mumtastic. “I would never ask him to get down, I just adapt the moves and keep interacting with him. Fitness can really be fun family time. I have a vast exercise repertoire and I became creative to adapt my workouts to the time, place, toys available, and mood. Kid snacks are a huge help!”
If you’re looking to find ways to work out with your child in tow then look no further than these inspiring moves by fit mums on Instagram who smartly include their babies.
Get Those Glutes Burning
Roll out your yoga mat and join Julie Baird from Our Fit Family Life as she rocks the Hugs and Glutes workout. Baird does an amazing job at incorporating her kids in her workouts and she posts these easy to follow videos on her popular Instagram account.
Rock Hard Abs Are A Cinch
It’s amazing how much work it takes to hold your little one up in your feet while you lay on your back. Melanie Darnell of Fit Mama 4 Three shows us that it’s actually simple and fun. This may seem like just play, but trust me, this move is a total core workout that will leave you feeling strong and your kiddo feeling loved. Be sure that you engage your core by gently pulling in your belly button while keeping a neutral spine.
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You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, study their faces and little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, it will be over before you know it. . Miss Olive officially turns 3 tomorrow. We celebrated her birthday this weekend with close friends and family. She got to live her ideal day with princess dresses, nails painted, real makeup, tea party and cake 🍰 (Best vegan cake by @yvonnesvegankitchen). Olive is such a sweet little mumma with a sassy side. She is the peace keeper of the boys and always looking for a way to help. We could not love her more 💜. . Also had so much fun working with @mothersyoudliketofriend for a cameo role in their upcoming music video. Check them out on @facebook their videos are so fun. . . #momlife #momof3 #3yearsold #threeager #middlechild #yogamom
Work Those Inner and Outer Thighs
Snuggle up to your baby while you do squats to work your inner and out thighs just like Andrea Allen of Deliciously Fit & Healthy. Be sure that you have good posture, a neutral spine, and an engaged core. Make sure your focus on is on good form and go slow so that you’re not only getting in a sweet workout but your also not going to startle your snoozing babe with sudden jolting moves.
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I started working on my postnatal guide which I am sooo excited about & need your opinion of what questions & things you want included. I want to cover a lot about postnatal not just safe workouts so comment to let me know any questions you have. You guys still want a post baby guide right? Also my Pregnancy Guide is still on sale through tomorrow morning. I swear by this guide for good recovery post baby! Any muscle I maintained during pregnancy is due to that guide! ❤️ 7 weeks post now & I am still working back into legs workouts. This is inner and outer legs with some quad work too! I have started adding weights for legs but they are lighter than my usual to ease in. Here is one of the first leg workouts for toning up. You can do them with leg weights or without. I am also doing glute bridges weighted now, single leg dead lifts, TRX assisted lunges & a few other things. ❤️ If you follow my stories you also know I am obsessed with my @dockatot . It’s goes everywhere and is the best for co sleeping when they are little. Sits right in my bed! ❤️ ———————————————————————————My Ultimate Preganncy guide info is in my bio. It’s legit for recovering better post baby! And for progress pict of my online clients @dfh.training.pics. Taking Onkine clients next week!
Netflix & Booty, Anyone?
Sometimes when your kids just don’t want to be held, you can plop them down in front of Netflix while you still get in a few sweet minutes of working out. Ashley Nowe of Get Mum Strong cleverly uses Netflix to help keep her kids close by while she sneaks in a quick workout.
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Be like Miles! Miles is rocking thong underwear. He put his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle undies on backwards, but he is so damn proud of himself for putting them on…so I let him rock his butt cheeks out all day long. The first person to tell him his undies are on backward gets the wrath of a protective mummy. I want you to be like Miles. Not because he looks stellar in his thong, but because he strives for progress over perfection. I want you to apply this mentality to your core training. Learning to use our breath and core takes practice…lots of practice. It isn't a skill we are going to master overnight, especially after having lost touch with it from sucking in, birthing babies, and sitting too much. We have to mindfully reconnect. This takes practice. Much like putting undies on backwards, it isn't perfect, but it is progress. And progress is progress. Miles didn't get upset that he had undies riding up his crack. He only saw his progress. He put them on without my help. Progress. So as you work your core exercises and work on healing your postnatal body, remember…progress is progress. These exercises are all "diastasis recti friendly," but the quadruped position (on all fours) is a slightly more challenging position to maintain core integrity because gravity. So keep this in mind. 3 ROUNDS 1️⃣Straight Leg Lift, 20 reps each 2️⃣Half Circles, 20 reps each 3️⃣Bear Crawls, 40 crawls 4️⃣Reverse Plank with Pull In, 10 reps each 5️⃣Bird-Dog, 10 each 6️⃣Reverse Plank March, 20 alternating This circuit will take you 15 minutes. It is the perfect low-impact workout to do as you Netflix tonight. Be like Miles…buns out, guns out…and proud of progress. Hugs. Huge awesome mat is @gorillamats. Use code GETMOMSTRONG10 for 10 percent off! #getmomstrong #progressnotperfection #diastasisrecti #momfitness #postpartumbody
Diastasis Recti Repair
Julie Baird sweetly shows followers how to get in serious healing DR moves while her adorable baby literally crawls all over her. Baird specializes in diastasis recti repair and you can learn from her on how to identify if you have DR and then what to do to fix it.
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Since the beginning of 2018, my online program improved hundreds of mama tummies and pelvic floors. I can count on one hand the number of unhappy clients (out of over a thousand women). Even if it’s only 0,1% of unhappy participants of my “Better Body after Baby program”, it does bother me! Ha! 😅 👉🏼Some of them where big fans of Kaylas Itsines, high intensity and impact workouts. If you look at my page, the fitness I try to promote is more body awareness than high intensity. Posture and breathing are key ✨I made the decision to spread a healthier kind of fitness, made to alleviate back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, and ab separation… 💫I’m trying to be as transparent as possible. I never mention weight loss (pretty much food related at this stage), but I DO talk about flatter, stronger and more toned stomach! ⚠️My postnatal program won’t make you “sweat” or “breath hard” but it will definitely strengthen your core, flatten your tummy, improve your pelvic floor function and back pain. I’m not saying you won’t feel a burn though! 💔It’s heartbreaking for me to scroll down IG and see awful exercises being promoted as pre and postnatal exercises. All of the account owners want to promote fitness, and sadly have no idea that they are actually hurting themselves and potentially other people following them. A few months ago I saw Hilaria Baldin – showing “tiny crunches” at 2 weeks postpartum… I hate to disparage other women, and I know she’s trying her “best” to “get her body back” but I’m just afraid that a lot of her 350K followers emulate her harmful example and destroy their ab mid-line, pelvic floor and low back in the process. ➡️My goal is to spread the word about safe and restorative ways to prepare and recover from pregnancy, and I hope I managed to open the eyes of a few of you on what you can do to live ache and pain free – if you just had a baby or if you made some mistakes in the past it’s never too late to make dramatic improvements, create healthy habits, and even fully recover! 🎥This video is available in my free eBook called “From pregnancy to resuming running pain-free” (link in Bio)
Full Body Mashup
In this incredible mashup video by Fit Mama 4 Three followers get to see how Melanie Darnell never missed a workout in 2018 even while she was literally surrounded by little kids. Talk about inspiring!
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2018 flashback. Holy moly, tomorrow starts a new year. Here is to a year worth of workouts 🏋🏻♀️. Bite size workouts in whatever environment is available. Consistency is the key to anything. Exercising 15 mins/day is worth more that 1 hour 1 times a week. If you can start moving everyday you will be amazed what can be accomplished! . 2018 recap – I turned 32 – Sage turned 4, 1 day later – one of my videos went viral – Paul @diddydarnell accepted a stunt job that took him away for 5 months. – My self strength was tested like never before while Paul was gone. And I learned a new sense of “I can do difficult things.” – Milo turned 1 – Olive turned 3 – I hit 100k follower 🎉 – I snuck away for a few holidays 🏝 – Milo finally slept through the night – and life can always be fun (I’m literally writing this [email protected] dinner, keeping Milo from falling of the counter, and Sage, Olive and Dad are running around the kitchen like a race track 🤷🏻♀️. – bring on 2019! . . #happynewyear #happynewyear2019 #fitmomsofig #mommyblogger #reallife #circuslife #momof3
Motherhood is a time for many things but losing yourself in the task of raising kids doesn’t mean you have to lose out on giving your body the chance to kick ass. Follow these incredible mums for a world of amazing workouts that can include your kids.