Who knew that squatting to pick up your infant or folding laundry could actually strengthen key muscle groups and help the baby weight (and sympathy baby weight) fly off at Mach 3 speed? As the parent of a newborn, you may not have time to hit the gym like you used to, however, a “workout” based around simple, everyday interactions with your baby on a regular basis can help you burn calories and build muscle while enjoying quality bonding time with your bundle of joy.
Gaining More Than Just a Baby
The average mom gains 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. The average dad gains roughly 15 pounds during pregnancy thanks to larger meals served by moms-to-be who are eating for two—not to mention the abundance of snacks within reach to help a woman maintain a healthy pregnancy weight.
It can take anywhere from 3 to 10 months to drop pounds gained during pregnancy, however, exercising with your child can help you shed the weight faster, as well as prove beneficial to your baby’s health, too.
Exercise Offers Big Benefits For Your Little One… And You!
Toddlers and infants who are active from an early age decrease their chances of developing ADD / ADHD, as well as type 2 diabetes; have an increased resistance to illness; and are also shown to have stronger development of social, motor, and cognition skills. All of these are great reasons to work out with your newborn, but as an added bonus, babies who are more active also have an easier time sleeping. (An extra hour or two of sleep per night? Score!)
Plus, fun and simple acts like chasing after your baby, playing peekaboo, or picking her up and tossing her in the air offer are primo bonding time—which has its own benefits, too. Infants who interact more with their parents often cry less and have better heart and respiratory function than babies who are handled less frequently.