Guest Blogger: Liz Boliver - Working out with Littles
Hey friends! I'm so exited to introduce you to Liz! We met her and her husband in our birthing class before we had our babies and have kept in touch via social media ever since. The times I am able to chat with her, she's been such an encouragement. There have been many "Oh my gosh, you too? I thought I was the only one!" moments of relief with this woman. She's so confident in her decisions and fully rocking mom life. So, thank you Liz, for making me feel less crazy and more confident as a mom. :)
Before having her adorable little nugget, Otis, Liz was on her way to becoming a certified personal trainer. A while ago when I asked for advice via my Instagram stories on how moms find time to workout with babies, she gave me some amazing advice. So, I asked her if she'd be willing to write a guest blog post to share with you all! I'll hand it over to her...
So, #momlife is absolutely ridiculously amazing BUT I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the days where my time was completely and utterly my own. These days, taking the time to cut my fingernails is a luxury. So, on top of being a mom, a wife, a cook, a chew toy (#teethingsucks)... so basically being superwoman, it is really REALLY hard to find the time to just be ME. One thing that has always been really important to me, physically and mentally, is working out. There was a time in my life where I would rather be at the gym than almost anything else. Exercise is my outlet. But, being a mom, I don't have the time to go to the gym for hours on end. Heck, I don't even have time to pee on my own. So, what's a mama to do?
15 minute mini workouts have been a lifesaver! It gives me the opportunity and the flexibility to get a quick sweat session in either with baby in tow or solo while he plays on the rug (#clingybaby but also #clingymama).
And without further ado... here is a quick, baby friendly workout I put together for moms and babies everywhere! (Please listen to your body and keep your baby safe. I made this workout with my 9 month old in mind so my body has definitely had sufficient time to heal and my baby is a bit more mobile and has really good neck and body control. Listen to your body and keep your little one safe!)
For this workout you will need: (1) A timer or stopwatch & (2) A baby or hand weights (canned goods and water bottles work great, too!)
This workout can be as easy or hard as you make it! Listen to your body. Catch your breath. Keep moving. And have fun! Watch your form and your core. I like to imagine that the midline down my abs/core is a zipper. Keep it “zipped” up (imagine pulling it up towards the top of your head) and “zipped” back towards your spine. Remember: UP AND BACK!
Set your timer for 7 minutes. For the first 6 minutes, do as many of the following moves and repetitions as you can. So, do the 25 bridges, 15 squats, and 24 lunges with little to no break in between. Choose an option and modify each exercise to fit you and your baby’s needs!
After the 6 minutes, do 1 minute of free style cardio!
Options: (1) Jumping jacks, jump rope, jumping around. (2) Dance around with your baby! (3) Seriously, whatever you want to do here, do it! The point is to keep moving, though.
After the whole 7 minutes is up, take a 1 minute break. Catch your breath, get a sip of water, relax, and reset your 7 minute timer/s topwatch. Because you are about to do it all over again!
2 rounds of 7 minute circuits with a 1 minute rest in between.
That’s it! Like I have said, listen to your body, listen to your baby, and be flexible. Sometimes, Otis doesn’t want to be pushed or pressed up. Sometimes he would rather crawl around on the floor while I work out. The point is just to keep moving and safely keep pushing yourself! Singing, silly voices, and funny faces encouraged. :)