Raise your hand if you make it to the gym everyday?
Okay, good me neither. Life gets crazy and hectic. We’ve got meals to plan, houses to keep in running order, jobs, LIFE!
I like working out because it’s an hour that is just for me. My mind doesn’t have time to ruminate over a to-do list or worry that I forgot to text someone back. Although I usually schedule out 2-3 intense workouts a week I have also found that working out with Ryker is crazy effective too!
So here are 5 simple and common moves to try with your kids! *Disclaimer Ryker is 25lbs so depending on the size of your baby, the difficulty in your workout will definitely fluctuate!
Bring your foot parallel; making sure that your front knee stays behind your toes and in line with your ankle, bend both knees bringing your back knee towards the ground. Focus on your thighs and glutes to squeeze and rise back up to your starting position. This targets your inner and outer thighs and BUTT! Woot Woot! For increased difficulty and strengthening balance, place your back leg on a low bench or chair (pictured here)! You could also hold on to a chair or table for support.
*20 Reps Each Leg (switch child to other hip or let them hold on your back if able)
Weighted Plié Squat
With toes slightly turned out and knees in line with toes, keep your core engaged and lower your butt straight down till thighs parallel with the ground. Try to avoid sticking your butt out. This will help target your butt and inner thighs! Ryker sits on my hip and I do 15 reps on one side, switch him to my other side and repeat. If your child will hold on to your back you could do 30 straight reps.
*15 Reps Each Side
*30 Total Reps
With feet parallel and knees in line with toes, keep your core engaged and lower your butt back till your thighs are parallel with the ground. This will help target your booty and tops of thighs! Squeeze your butt on the way up! I hold Ryker in a straddle position and he loves to lean back and giggle!
I coined this term back when Ryker was just a few months old. I started doing some simple sit ups holding him up in the air and would kiss him at the top! Now he likes to sit on me and and I give him all kinds of loves after each rep! This is by far my favorite exercise because I focus more on keeping my stomach engaged and not letting my abs ‘pop’ out, I am laughing the entire time and it hardly ever gets old for Ryker!
*30 Reps (or as many and you want!)
Weighted Push Ups or Plank!
This is a 2 for 1! When I am laying flat on my stomach I tell Ryker to get on and he climbs up on my back. Then I carefully push up into a plank position. You can choose to stay right here and work on some abs strength or you can bust out 10 push ups!
You always have the option to drop to your knees as well. This usually is just a hilarious mess but sometimes it works and it really effective! Make sure to keep your abs SUPER tight and not get a sway or collapsed back.
Photography: J Petite Photography
Well there you have it y’all! Also, I live in these leggings now. Some leggings are super hot and trap my heat while I workout and I swear these cool me down. They are my new favorites for summer and buttery soft 🙂 Plus this print!!!!!
I have found a love for creating activities with my little buddy and it’s a bonus when your doing something healthy for your body too. You don’t have to be a bikini pro model; although props to you if you are 🙂 just move a little each day, listen to your body and fuel it with things that will give you enough energy to be the best Mom we were all meant to be! This can be a great workout for Moms or Dads, so have some fun, snap some pictures or a video and let me know how you like it!