Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mommy and Me Fitness

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Mommy and Me Fitness Page

I am a Mom of two very active little kids. It is hard to find time or energy to workout by myself. So, I have found that my best workouts include my kids. They enjoy the quality time with Mommy and I enjoy the feeling I get after the stretching and workouts. (And making those memories with my kids, of course.) :)

As you try these fun poses and stretches remember that I am not a trained workout professional. Always consult a physician before starting any strenuous exercise routine. Thank you to my friends Jen and Dawn who were my beautiful Mommy models and photographers. :) 

 Stretches and Snuggles

Tickle Stretch
Works Your: Abs, Back, Legs - Thighs 

Sit with your legs in a wide "V" position.

Place your baby on his/her belly or back (depending on his/her mood and age this will differ.) If you want to try this exercise with a toddler place them in a seated position at a comfortable stretching distance from your core. 

Sit completely upright, with your torso vertical to the floor, head aligned with your spine. Your knees should be straight and your toes pointed up.

Pull your belly button into your spine (to engage your core). Keep your back flat.

Reach your arms out in front of your body. Reach towards your little one and tickle!

Hold this position for 15 - 30 seconds. Relax and returning to your starting position on an exhale. 


Talk to your child throughout this stretch. Like “1,2,3 here comes the tickle bug. Tickle, tickle tickle” 

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Baby Bridge Pose
Works Your: Abs, Butt, Hips
Aaron was enjoying the photo op. :)
And enjoying pushing Mommy's belly in. :)
Unfortunately this IS me pulling in at my core.
Lie on the floor with knees bend and directly over heels.

Place arms at your sides, palm down.

Place your child on your lower abdomen. For toddlers, let them sit. If you have itty-bitties you are going to want to hold your little one in place during this pose

Exhale and press feet into the floor as you lift your hips.

Pull your belly button into your stomach and tighten from your buttocks.


Slowly lower, keeping your buttocks and core tightened and back straight.


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London Bridge
Works Your: legs, back, core

Stand with feet about 3 feet apart and leaning forward slightly

Encourage children to run through your legs (like they are running under a bridge)

Sing “London Bridge is falling down”. Once you sing “My fair lady” bend down (keeping your back straight, knees slightly bent, and arms extended- to get the full workout) and stop the next child in a big bear hug.


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