Contemporary mothers are aware of the fact that their baby’s happiness is closely linked to theirs. As you feel happier when your baby is happy, your happiness improves your baby’s mood. You can reinforce positive feelings by sparing time for yourself, showing interest in your health, being involved in your hobbies.
Another way to generate positive feelings is to exercise. Exercise helps increase the release of endorphins and serotonin known as “Runner’s High”, a feeling of elation and well-being, helping you feel whole and in good shape. Regardless of how young your baby is, you can always make time for exercising. Moreover, you can include your baby in your exercise routine.
Below are a list of exercises you can do with your baby in his/her stroller. These simple exercises pump blood to your body while your baby enjoys being in his/her stroller.
Push & Pull
Stand with your feet apart in line with your shoulders. Place your hands on the handle bar of the stroller and start pushing and pulling the stroller. If your baby is seated facing you, you can turn this/her activity into an act that is entertaining for both of you. On the first day, repeat the move 15 times and add 5 more repetitions every day in the following days.
To warm up your legs and do some cardio exercises at the same time, place your hands on the handle bar of the stroller and lift your right leg straight to the side without bending your knee, repeat 10 times. Repeat the same move with your left leg. Add 5 more repetitions on each leg every day in the following days.
Forward & Backward Leg Crunches
Place your hands on the handle bar of the stroller. As you push the stroller forward, take a step forward with your left leg and bend both knees to form 90 degree angles with both of your legs. Your left foot must have a good grip on the floor and your left knee must stay up. The toes of your right foot must touch the floor and your right knee must be lowered to a point almost touching the floor. Follow this/her by standing up, pulling the stroller back and returning to your initial position. Repeat the same moves on your other leg. On the first day, repeat the move 15 times and add 5 more repetitions every day in the following days.
Up & Down
Move in front of the stroller facing your baby. Open your feet to the width of your shoulders. Bend your knees slightly to get into sitting position. Your hips should be sticking out behind you. In this position you can extend your arms forward and tickle your baby. After maintaining your position for a few seconds return to your initial position. On the first day, repeat the move 10 times and add 5 more repetitions every day in the following days.
Place your baby in her stroller and take long walks together. Keep your pace up during your walk.
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