W is officially a one-year-old.
I have been running around like a maniac trying to get things ready for his party this coming weekend.
He won’t remember it, but I won’t stop until the food and decor is “pin-able.”
Ah, Pinterest, I have such a love-hate relationship with you.
It’s weeks like this that fitness tends to go on the back-burner. It’s unfortunate since exercise is just what I need to give me that extra boost of energy.
Fortunately, there are many quick, yet efficient exercises that’ll lift your spirits and make you more productive.
Since it’s W’s birthday week, I will share with you an easy ab workout to do with (or without) your baby.
Stroller AB Workout
This is a flexible workout you can easily modify to fit your needs.
You can use a running stroller and workout with your baby OR you can do the workout sans baby.
You can also up the ante by running for longer time periods, increasing the reps OR adding another set.
The choice is yours!
- WARM UP: Jog in place/high knees/jumping jacks/jump rope; slowly work up your heart rate to prepare your body for the workout.
- “WHEE” RUN: I call this run the “whee” run because that’s what I say to W when I go a little faster. Go as fast as you safety can push the stroller. This move is great to use with a running stroller since it forces you to use your legs and ab muscles to run as opposed to using your arms. Focus on really using your ab muscles to increase your speed.
- PEEK-A-BOO CRUNCH: Just your basic crunch with an added fun element for your baby. Lay back in the front of the stroller and PEEK-A-BOO as you crunch up.
- SIDE-TO-SIDE CRUNCH: Crunch up to the right side and then to the left.
- BICYCLE LEGS: Bicycle your legs connecting your opposite elbow to your knees. Sing The Wheels On the Bus to make it more fun for your baby.
- “WHEE” RUN
- TRADITIONAL PLANK: Hold the top of a push-up position.
- SIDE PLANK: With your body facing out, hold yourself up with one arm.
- PLANK WITH ALTERNATING KNEE LIFTS: Hold plank position while you alternate lifting your knees to the outside of your elbows.
- “WHEE” RUN
- STRAIGHT LEG EXTENSIONS: Lay on your back with your knees tucked into your chest, slowly kick them out till your legs are straight and a few inches off the ground.
- STRAIGHT LEG TOE REACH: Lay on your back with your legs straight up in the air, extend your arms and try to crunch up and reach your toes.
- SUPERMAN: Lay on your stomach with your legs and arms lifted in the air.
Don’t forget to get the OK from your doctor to start working out again. Always remember to consult with your doctor before you try any new workout. I know certain strollers don’t recommend running with your baby until they are able to sit up on their own. If that’s the case, just take it slow and walk.
Let me know your thoughts on the workout! Do you like to use a running stroller?
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The problem with abs is, they are way too much work… Fortunately I don’t have to worry about them for another year! Jane and I love the whee running! And we love seeing how fit Aunt Tricia is. One day Jane is going to think you are a million times cooler than me… Also, Pinterest has made parenting ten times harder than it ever was before haha. Damn you perfect parents and your showing off online! (This includes you, Good Mama)
Yes! That’s a bonus about being pregnant- you get the cute baby bump! I hear you about Pinterest. I sometimes wish that there was only pinterest for me, so I didn’t feel any pressure.
What that one W is doing in the peek a boo crunch picture? Because, that one looks doable!! You look great by the way.
Yes! I think you’ll like that one; you forget you are even working out!
Rose- thank you!
These are such great ideas for staying fit! I feel so out of shape…great idea to incorporate the kiddo!
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Thanks! I find it easier to do short exercises with the baby so I am able to fit some fitness in my day!
LOVE this! The jogging stroller is my saving grace. Oh, and the good news is there’s wayyyy less pressure for the second bday. C’s is coming up next month and I’m way more excited about enjoying it than making everything Pinterest perfect–like his 1st bday! Have a great week!
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Caroline- I’m glad to hear the pressure’s off after the first birthday! I’m thinking there won’t be much pressure for any other children we have in the future. I hope you have fun at C’s birthday!