Strength training with a 6 Month Old

by Jessica B. | August 29th, 2013 | Strength Training, Upper Body

babyAs I start to get back into the swing of a regular workout, it is still tricky to find enough time during the day to manage exercising and full time care of a six month old baby. I’ve picked up a few moves from my stroller workout class to help tone my upper body now that my baby is bigger.

Carrying him is no longer an easy feat! I need to have a toned upper body so I can carry him while standing up from the ground, manage carrying a baby and doing all kinds of stuff around the house, or even just wearing a baby carrier or wrap several hours a day.

Here are some basic exercises for moms and dads of 6 month old kids, to build up those muscles you really need!

Baby press-up – Stand up and hold your baby under his/her armpits at chest height. Raise your arms above your head until your baby is laughing hysterically. Lower, slowly.  Repeat. If you are feeling brave, you can add a small ‘toss’ at the end, and ‘throw’ your baby an inch or two into the air before catching them. (Note the inch or two, I am not recommending your baby leave your grasp or be in any real danger! And do this at your own risk!)

Baby tricep curl – Lie down on a mat on the floor and hold your baby so that he or she is lying on your stomach. Now hold on to your baby and keep your arms bent as close to a 90 degree angle as possible. Raise you child slowly so that they end up looking into your eyes. Then lower the baby back to your belly. Repeat slowly several times for triceps of steel!

Baby shoulder press – Stretch your arms straight out in front of you and hold your baby out. Raise your arms up and down, but keep your elbows straight. Stop when you reach the top of your shoulders, so that your  shoulders should be bearing the most weight. Repeat slowly 8-10 times.

Baby backpack – Are you planning a walk or hike? Grab a baby backpack, an ergo carrier or anything else you can use to distribute the baby’s weight evenly on your shoulders. This is a great way to train your upper body while walking, bond with your baby, and help burn more calories during your workout!

Your baby may be getting bigger, but don’t let that stop you from having a great baby workout!

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