Physical Activity for Baby and Me

It’s recommended that adults get in about 150 minutes of physical activity a week (a little less than 30 minutes a day) but finding time while raising a baby can be tough. Including them in your workout is one way to keep everyone happy and healthy! Here are four creative ways to move your body for 30 minutes while entertaining your little one. 

Walk or Jog with Your Stroller

 Walking or jogging with a stroller is a great way to get yourself moving while taking your baby along for the ride. They can enjoy the sights and sunshine while you work up a sweat. You can also do this while wearing a baby carrier. Check out local parks with walking paths or running tracks so you can safely maneuver the road ahead. 

Do Body Weight Exercises

 Try doing squats, lunges, or walking-in-place while holding your baby. Their body weight will increase the impact of your workout while keeping them nearby. If your baby is feeling more energetic, consider talking walking lunges and squats instead of remaining stationary. If they’re a little older, you can encourage them do the movement with you! 

Try Baby-Friendly Yoga

 Baby-friendly yoga is a great way to begin your yoga practice. There are many free, beginner-friendly classes online. Infants can enjoy tummy time while you stretch out on your mat, and older babies can crawl around next you. If you don’t have a mat, you can use a blanket or towel instead. 

Have a Dance Party

 Dancing is a classic way to get both your body moving and a smile on your face! Consider adding a ‘dance break’ to your day and groove around with your baby. Wear your baby in a carrier or dance with them if they’re walking. You can follow along to a free dance workout online or just move to your favorite playlist. Getting in 30 minutes of movement a day is a great way to start a habit of exercising, improve your overall mood, and keep your baby occupied. This is also a great activity to do with friends, so consider inviting other young parents to join in on your workouts.