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When you first have a baby it is sometimes hard to take care of him or her full time, while at the same time trying to lose some of the weight that you have gained when being pregnant. A good way to accomplish both of these things is by combining them. You could find ways to work out and lose some weight, while at the same time involving your newborn child and spending some quality and bonding time with them. Here is how you can incorporate walking, dancing and exercising to lose weight with your baby right beside you.
Take a daily walk. Walking can be extremely beneficial and it is a great way to lose weight all around your body. Walking is also healthy for your heart and will improve your body's performance. You could strap your baby in a stroller and push them with you as you exercise. Or secure your baby safely in a body carrier/wrap.
2. Mother Baby Exercises
Another way that you could lose some weight while bonding with your newborn baby is yoga exercises with your baby facing you and in your presence and sight. For these exercises you would want to place a yoga mat on the floor. If you do not have access to a yoga mat, a nice and soft blanket will work as well.
The first one of these yoga exercises that you can perform while involving your baby is called the butt tightener. The butt tightener is performed by laying on your stomach and placing your baby in front of you. Curl both of your feet up towards your head as far as you can. Hold this pose for no more than ten seconds at a time. You could also do pulses and slowly move your feet from the front to the back.
Another yoga exercise you can do with your baby is called the front squat. Sit your baby in a carrier in front of you and facing you. Then, you should squat as you normally would. Hold the squat for about thirty seconds at a time or so, or just do about twenty to thirty in each sitting.
A great exercise for your stomach is the tummy time. This works hard on your stomach, which is great because that is where most of the weight gained goes when you get pregnant. Lie down on your yoga mat or blanket, and place your baby in a carrier in front of you as you perform this. Lie down on your stomach and place your arms out to the side of your body. Put your legs straight. Lift your head, arms and legs as if you were an airplane and hold this position for up to thirty seconds at a time. This will tighten your stomach and legs, while at the same time allowing you to be with your baby.
Dancing is a great way to bond with your baby and probably one of the things that you will enjoy the most. While your baby is close by in a carrier, dance in front of your baby for thirty minutes or more a day. This is a great and fun way to lose some of that baby weight while bonding with your newborn. And maybe give your baby a little giggle watching mom!
These simple ideas are great because when you first have a child, you never want to leave their side. At the same time, you want to get back to the size you were before you were pregnant. Talk to your baby as your doing these and it will keep your mind off of the fact that you are exercising!