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Creative Child

Exercise with Mommy and Me

by Sarah Lyons

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Baby bends

For this exercise you can hold baby against your chest or use a wrap or baby carrier to keep the baby secure. Stand with feet apart and squat slowly several times. You can also try walking lunges. These are challenging for you and fun for baby.

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Dance it off

One of the best ways to sneak in a cardio workout is to turn up the music and dance. You will burn calories without even noticing. Kids of any age will love to join in while you turn your living room into a dance floor.

Silly stretch

Stretching is important to keep the body healthy and strong, especially after a workout. Get creative while stretching and use it as a time to interact with baby. Lay baby on the floor while you touch your toes. Sing a song or recite a nursery rhyme while you hold the stretch. Make it fun for you and your baby.

It is never easy to get back in shape but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. By incorporating your baby into the workouts you will not only spend quality time together but you will be burning calories and making yourself a priority. 

 

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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