I’m a pilates teacher, so was exercising right up until my son, Jacoby, arrived.
Afterwards, I longed to get fit again but found it impossible to get to the gym or take a run in the park – unless there was someone else on standby to look after the baby. Most of the time there wasn’t!
Rather than giving up on the idea, I’ve spent the past month devising a workout that I can do WITH Jacoby (he doubles up as the perfect set of weights!).
The exercises can be done at home, while he sleeps (ha ha!) or sits in his bouncy chair, or when we’re out together in the park.
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I’ve enjoyed the workout so much that I’ve turned it into a class for other new mothers dying to get back in shape.
My first Baby & Pilates class will be hosted by Secret Urban Escape on 2 July 2015 in the beautiful rose garden at Hurlingham Park in Fulham, South West London.
The workout is a mixture of cardio, barre and pilates… light running (or brisk walking!) with the pram to get the heartrate up, followed by pilates and core work on the floor (with baby or without them if they’re sleeping).
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Afterwards, to ensure the whole thing isn’t too much of a shock to the system, there’ll be a delicious picnic-style brunch in the sun (we can but hope!), with a mouthwatering selection of healthy foods and drinks, naturally free or gluten and refined sugar.
You can meet like-minded new mothers and hopefully leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and inspired to do the workout again, on your own.
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Here are two exercises you can start practicing right away (with your baby, of course):
- Starting position – sitting in an imaginary V shape with your legs lifted (feet can stay on floor for beginners). Hold your baby in front of you with arms fully extended and draw your tummy in.
- Inhale to prepare and exhale as you lift your baby down to your right side twisting your torso.
- Alternate sides and repeat for 10 repetitions. Repeat 3 times.
- NOTES: Keep your shoulders down and chin up.
- Starting position – stand with your feet wider than shoulder width apart, toes turned out and hug your baby into your chest.
- Inhale and stick your bottom out, bend your knees and and sit back into a squat. NOTE: make sure you keep your knees above your ankles, core engaged and keep your head up.
- As you exhale, drive from your heels, squeeze your bum and slowly come up to standing.
- Repeat x10-20
- On your last repetition, hold the squat for at least 10 counts and smile at your little one!
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