How To Shape Up Your Lower Body (While Working Out With Baby Too!)

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Meet your new exercise prop: baby! As she grows bigger and gets heavier, your workout will progress right along with her, becoming more challenging as you get into increasingly better shape. But the best part about working out with baby? It’s built-in bonding time.

The four exercises here strengthen and tone the lower body—an important area to target for new mommies, given all the sitting we do, whether we’re reading to and playing with baby or simply holding her. Keep baby in a carrier in the front of your body and engage your core throughout the full routine.

I love taking Remi outside in the baby carrier and exercising. We use the park bench to help modify exercises, because when you’re working out with baby, you want to maintain your balance and keep you both safe. If you’re indoors, a stable chair or table can provide an assist.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Plié Lunge Pulse

  1. Begin with feet hip distance apart and legs turned out slightly. Use a chair or table for balance, if needed.
  2. Bend at knees to lower hips into a grand plié.
  3. Extend legs to standing while turning to your left leg.
  4. Bend…

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