A Spring Body Blitz
While we love flowers and chocolates for Valentine’s Day, what we really want right now is hard core abs!
Yes, you read that right. We are on a mission to shape up for Spring and we have put together a little exercise plan to shift the mum tum, burn excess flab from our bottom and generally tone up.
We reckon that with just a few simple moves, we’ll be as svelte as Barbie. Okay, that may be a little over-ambitious, but certainly trim enough to show off toned arms and legs as the weather gets warmer. Feel free to join in!
By the way, always check with your doctor if you haven’t done any exercise for a while, and definitely wait eight weeks after a c-section!
For all these exercises, remember to keep your abdomen drawn in, to strengthen those core muscles.
For the upper body
The Belly Dancer (amused baby or bemused partner optional)
- Stand with your feet about 20cm apart and your knees slightly bent.
- Keeping the top half of your body still, draw a figure of eight with your hips.
- Repeat 12 times, 3 times a day.
The Plankee (the plank but with cute baby in tow!)
- Lie on your front. If your child is old enough to hold onto you (and only if they are old enough to hold on, unlike the little dolly shown here), let them lie on your back for extra weight lifting.
- Lift your body weight onto your forearms, keeping your body straight.
- Hold for 30 seconds.
On the Pull (playing Peek-a-boo with baby is optional)
- Lie on your back under a strong chair with your knees bent.
- Hold either side of the chair seat.
- Pull yourself up to the chair and then lower yourself slowly back down.
- Repeat 12 times.
- Hold on to the edge of a bed or chair and lower your body towards the ground until your elbows are at 90 degrees.
- Keep your legs straight and repeat 20 times without sitting down.
- Every time you dip, go through the alphabet or 1 to 10 with your baby. Who knows, by the time you have toned triceps, you may have a child genius!
For the legs and bottom
- Stand with your feet about 20 cm apart, toes pointing straight ahead.
- Squat until your knees are about 90 degrees (as if you are about to sit down).
- Repeat 20 times, with a kiss for baby every time you squat.
This one is a bit trickier, but we love that we can do it while looking at baby. Perfect for just before or just after baby massage.
- Kneel on all fours facing baby and facing away from a chair.
- Put your left leg under the chair and your right leg outside of the chair so it is free to extend.
- Put your left forearm on the floor, hand facing inwards.
- Lift your right leg and wrap it around the chair (your knee should be in line with your hip), then lift about 4cm.
- Lower and unwrap your leg until you reach the starting position.
- Repeat 12 times for each leg.
We’re looking forward to stronger, more toned bodies already…