As a new Fit Mom, I understand now, on a much deeper level, how precious time is! From being able to workout on a daily basis to juggling sleeping, feeding, changing diapers, laundry, and all the other demands of motherhood, I have learned how to multitask and make the most of my time. That said, having a busy schedule is no excuse for not getting in a workout. My workouts may not involve going to the gym as often, but I have found a creative way to get in my necessary “gym time” by incorporating my baby into my routine. Babies love movement and closeness, so using my Moby wrap has allowed me to conveniently get in my workout in a very functional and comfortable way! I hope all you Moms love this workout!
Gina’s Mommy & Me Moby Workout
–Perform 2 sets of 15 reps for each exercise, except wall sits where you will do 2 sets of 1-minute holds.
–Rest for 45 seconds to 1 minute in between each exercise.
Plie Squat: This is my all-time favorite exercise for shaping glutes, inner and outer thighs and hamstrings. Start by standing with your feet wide and toes slightly turned out. Slowly lower down until your thighs are parallel to the floor, keeping knees and toes aligned. From the bottom, use your heels to press back up to the starting position. Repeat.
Tip: To add intensity, hold your squat in the lowered position and do some controlled pulses before returning to the start position.
Lunge: Another lower body favorite because, similar to the squat, it hits all of your major lower body muscles. Stand in a staggered lunge position. Bend your knees and lower to a 90-degree angle. The heel of your back leg is up off the floor and the ball of foot is in contact with the floor. Use your front heel to push yourself up to the starting position. Do all reps on one side, then switch to the other.
Wall Sit: A wall sit is an excellent exercise to work your upper legs/quads. You will hold the “sitting” position for a minute, so this is a great time to talk to or sing to your baby. With your back against a wall, slide down until your legs are at a 90 degree angle. Your feet should be shoulder width apart, toes pointed forward or slightly turned out and core tucked and tight. Hold this position for 30 a minute and then slide back up the wall. Rest and repeat.
Shoulder Press: My favorite basic shoulder exercise to tone and round the deltoids! Either sitting or standing, grab a dumbbell in each hand. Bend your elbows so dumbbells are at ear level. Press the dumbbells up directly over your head, and then lower the dumbbells back to ear level and repeat.
Lateral Raises: Lateral raises are also great to create those beautiful shoulder caps and to add roundness to the width of your frame. This gives the illusion of a tinier waist. Either standing or seated, hold a dumbbell in each hand. Either together or individually, raise arm(s) upward, while bending elbows just a little until dumbbells are inline with your shoulders. Lower to the starting position and repeat.
Bicep Curls: Bicep curls are going to add shape and firmness to your arms. Either standing or seated, hold a dumbbell in each hand and hang your arms by your side with your palms facing toward your body. Either together or individually, bend your elbow, curling your arm(s) upward. Slowly lower the dumbbells back down and repeat exercise.