Exercises You Can Do with Baby


by Bridgette Blakey

Those last few months of pregnancy had me itching to start exercising again. I went from running a half marathon to not being able to touch my toes (or see them for that matter). I was so excited to give birth, heal, and jump back in the saddle again. Way easier said then done! Especially if you are a single mom. Babysitters in Seattle run $15-$20 on average, so if you don’t have family close by (or really nice friends), you’re shelling out $40+ dollars for one yoga class. Luckily, here are some options to get your heart pumping with baby by your side. And remember, always consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program.


  1. BOB stroller

If you are a runner, this stroller is a great investment. This is probably the easiest option because you just strap baby in and go. I time my runs with nap time, IMG_3463so my baby can snooze while I run. Just be sure to turn your headphones down a bit so you can hear if baby cries.


  1. Postnatal yoga class

I found the class here in West Seattle at 8 Limbs Yoga, but I know there are other studios that hold similar classes. Yoga is one of the best ways to bring your body back to center and open up your back. Those first few months of being a mom will take such a toll on your back! Holding, picking baby up, nursing, or bottle feeding will make you feel like a hunch-back. Bring baby to class and just set them on the floor next to you on a blanket. The instructor will come around and hold your baby if they are crying so you can focus on the poses. And don’t worry, everyone’s babies cried when I went! Bonus- you will meet some new mama friends.


  1. Barre3 classes

Barre3 is a class that combines ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates. The best thing about these classes? They provide childcare right there at the studio! Barre is a great way to realign your balance, improve your posture, and strengthen your backhand hips. Check out their website here to find a studio near you.


  1. Fit4Mom classes

Fit4Mom is a company which provides programs across the nation such a Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back, and Fit4Baby. Their mission is to support and empower moms while giving back to the community. They are involved with raising money for causes such as March of Dimes, Breast Cancer Fund and Healthy Child Healthy World. This a great option to get in shape, make new friends, and give back to the community. And your first class is free!9d1df11dff99f06939232bcbb0636e1a-29f07aed5b1e646ff9d6b3a048c7830c


  1. Baby wearing

A leisurely stroll while front wearing a 15 pound baby will burn an average of 240 calories an hour! I find it most comfortable to have the straps cross in the back. Finding a friend to gab with will burn extra calories.




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