You'll commonly hear new moms share that with their new family responsibilities, leaving the house for long periods of time is hard. Their primary focus, of course, is taking care of their newborn. And even though raising a healthy child is the priority, there are plenty of creative ways to get your body moving around the house. From doing wall sits while waiting for your baby's food to cook to turning your morning cleaning routine into a leg move, we'll show you how to get fit, feel empowered, and be your own kind of strong.
So long as you have the right apparel and space to get moving, here are four ideas to get you started.
Turn tummy time with your baby into a floor workout
Take advantage of your baby's daily tummy time by turning it into a workout activity of your own. Change into your breathable gear and engage your inner thighs with side-lying leg lifts, which allow you to still stay 100 percent focused and engaged with your child.
How to do side-lying leg lifts: Lie on your side with your head propped up using your hand and with your bottom leg lengthened out. Cross your top leg over your bottom leg and rest your knee on the floor. As you exhale, lift your bottom leg up and inhale as you lower it back down, all while keeping your torso still. Try 15 reps, then repeat on the other side.
Do wall sits while you're waiting for the baby bottle to warm up
Find that you're in the kitchen a lot doing a whole bunch of waiting for things to warm or cool? Use the time to get your quads and hamstrings involved.
How to do wall sits: Start by standing with your back pressed against a wall. Slide downward into a squat position by moving your feet outward until your knees make a 90-degree angle (be sure to track your knees so they don't go beyond your toes). Time yourself and see if you can hold the position for 30 seconds. Take a break and return for a total of three reps.
Do hip dips while the baby naps
No need to leave the baby's room. You can do this move right on the floor or carpet while wearing your Duo Dry pants.
How to do hip dips: Start in a side elbow plank on your left side with your feet stacked and straight. Keeping your core tight, lower your pelvis to the floor so your left hip hovers just right above the floor. Then press up through the left side of your waist to raise your pelvis back up into the side plank position (be sure to keep your shoulder relaxed). See if you can do a set of 10 before switching to the other side.
Turn cleaning the floor into a cardio opportunity
Rather than cleaning your wood or kitchen floor with a mop, grab a rag and get ready to work your glutes, thighs, and core. Since this activity can get your heart rate up, be sure to change into your fitness gear to avoid getting your normal clothes sweaty.
How to do side skating with a rag: Stand with feet hip-width apart with a bend at the knee. Place your right foot on the rag and left foot on the floor, keeping most of your weight on the left leg. Bend down into a squat position, keeping your knees tracked over your toes, and extend your right leg out to the side like an ice skater (keep your hips back). Your right leg should slide against the rag and floor until it's straight and extended. Then squeeze your inner thighs to return it to your starting position. You'll not only work your legs and core, but you'll also clean the floor while you're at it. Complete 12 reps on one side before switching legs.
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