How to exercise when your baby becomes a toddler?

playtime in the park ~ mommy's workout!

Honestly, when Curren started crawling, exercising became a little bit more challenging for me. My son wasn't napping as much as he did a few weeks ago. He started to discover the world around him and wanted to explore. I wasn't the center of his attention anymore!

 

Like many of you, I enjoy planning my workouts. I usually choose about 5 different moves and decide how many reps and rounds I want to do. However, since Curren crawls (and now walks) many of my workouts don't happen the way I had planed! Initially it was frustrating, but after a few tries, I decided to go with the flow. Sometimes my son is just not in mood for a workout/playtime, sometimes he doesn't want me to hold him and wants to explore the backyard. I stopped planning my workouts with him, I now watch him play WHILE squatting! If he feels like jumping on my stomach in the middle of my ab workout, it becomes the best workout ever... I would never ask him to get down, I just adapt the moves and keep interacting with him. You will quickly realize that fitness can really be a form of fun family time.

L-sit beside the stroller

L-sit beside the stroller

Running with the Bob Revolution

Running with the Bob Revolution

Here's some tips to exercise with a toddler: 

Make sure your child has enough toys to play around you. Most little ones have a special attraction to certain things.  I know my son loves playing with my skateboard, so I take it out of the garage and it often entertains him for a few minutes. 

Snacks are a must-have. A bottle of water, some pieces of pear or banana in a bowl, a few baby puffs... and I usually have time to finish my routine. 

If you are an early bird, you can work out before your little one wakes up. You will feel energized and ready to start the day. That way, no matter how the rest of your day shapes up, you know you've done something great for yourself.  

- A stroller fast walk or run is still a great option. Not only will you get your cardio in, but your baby will love these mini adventures.  If you are lucky, your little one will fall asleep and you will even get more time to fit in some exercises (or take a shower and stretch a little!).

Let him play and interact with you. Don't be surprised if your child comes and imitates you squatting or climbs on you while you are planking. Adjust your workout according to him, and let it be a game for the both of you (Yes, even planking can become fun!).

If my son is in mood, I like carrying him on my shoulders and doing a few squats and lunges. It adds a nice extra weight and he likes riding up there! You may loose count if you hear him laughing. It's okay, keep squatting, he loves it!

- Since Curren walks and is less dependent, playgrounds are a baby/mom wonderland!If you don't mind "impressing" other Moms sitting on the bench, a playground offers a ton of opportunities for you to tighten your body! Sometimes I was a little bit embarrassed to show so much motivation, but I got used to other Moms' looks and I usually get some encouragements. Some Moms even join in. Inspire them! A few pull-ups on the monkey bars, some squats and lunges near the slide, some bench push-ups... And your 10 minute workout will fly by!

Resting and bonding 

Resting and bonding 

Here's one of my leg routines. Rest about 10 sec. in between each move and 1 min in between rounds. Feel free to adapt the number of reps and rounds according to your fitness level.

4 rounds:

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 curtsy lunges
  • 20 calve raises
  • 30 sec. wall-chair
  • 30 jumping-jacks
  • 1 minute rest

Remember that your workouts are your Mommy time. Once you find a way to include them in your daily routine, you will crave them!  If you need inspiration, you can find many quick and efficient routine examples on my Instagram. I advise you to warm-up before you exercise. It can be as easy as a short walk or a few high-knees or jumping jacks. Take care of your body and protect your back. Take a few minutes to stretch afterward.

Know your limits and tune-in to your body. You know your body better than anyone. These are guidelines and you must make the final decision. Always consult your Doctor before starting any new workout regimen. If you just had a baby, work with your doctor to determine the best time to begin adding abdominal exercise to your postpartum exercise routine. Take into consideration your individual level of experience and training before attempting any workout describe in this website. Our Fit Family Life and any associated persons are not liable for any injuries directly or indirectly caused by the use of the exercises and/or programs contained in this website.