Mommy Workouts



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. 

Repeat

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





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Butterfly Hug
Works Your: thighs, hips, lower back  



 Place your child directly in front of you and wrap your legs around them bringing the bottoms of your feet together (as you see in the pictures). Depending on the age of your child you may choose to lay him/her on their backs facing you or sitting up.



Drop your knees out to the sides as low as you can comfortably go.

Grasp your feet with your hands and on an exhale gently lean forward.

As you feel comfortable, lean into your baby to hug, whisper sweet words, and/or play peek-a-boo. Remember not to arch your back or hunch your shoulders. This is a gently stretch.

Continue: To reduce stress on your knees, move your feet away from your body. To increase the stretch, move your feet toward your body.







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Mommy and Me Yoga
Plank to Down Dog
Works Your: Core (Abs), Butt, Back

Start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders and your knees under hips
(to make it a little easier you can get down on your elbows. See final photo.)
Plank: keep your core and legs rigid. No sagging or ghetto booty. Keep shoulders from the ears.


Hold the plank for 5 seconds


Curl toes under and slowly press hips towards the sky bringing your  body into an inverted V.


Press shoulders away from ears, keep feet hip width apart, with knees slightly bent

Pull belly button into your stomach (to engage your core)

Hold for 3 breaths


Slowly lower your body back to plank (keeping it stiff) 

Hold the plank for 5 seconds

Repeat

If this is too difficult. Take the downward dog out of your routine and just go from lying on your stomach with your elbows flat on the ground and then up to the plank (on elbows). 





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Baby Bridge Pose
Works Your: Abs, Butt, Hips



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London Bridge





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Mommy Workouts

Mommy and Me Sit-Ups
Works your: Abs (core)




Even our super mom Jenn had to take time out to take care of
her sweet daughter Jayden. 
When you try these at home, expect to be interrupted.
Try and enjoy it. They days of them needing us are short. :)




Coming Next: MORE Mommy and Me Yoga, Superhero poses, God Made the Animals Yoga Fun

Thank you to my friends Dawn Haas, Dee Wilson and Jennifer Martin. My beautiful friends, photographer, and model. ;)


Please be aware that I am not a certified physical trainer. Consult a physician before starting any strenuous physical work out. Stretch before and after all workouts.


Check out these great products made by the incredible ladies who worked on these photos.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout out. :)
    The photos came out really cute!

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