Spring Into Fitness

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Spring is finally here…it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sun with your little ones! While you are outside, why not take the opportunity to squeeze in some exercise while you are enjoying the outdoors?! After months of being stuck indoors, it’s wonderful to finally be able to do outdoor activities.

Here are some great suggestions on activities, places and exercises which you can do with your little ones outside this spring!

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Walking Trails

Find a group of moms/parents to go for weekly walks or stroller jogs! Hamilton County has so many wonderful trails so why not organize a group to get together weekly for walks on the Monon or in your neighborhood.    While you are on your walk, a great way to add a little extra strength training is by doing walking lunges!

 

  • Walking Stroller lunges:

    Stand behind your stroller with your hands on the handlebar shoulder-width apart. Lunge forward with one leg, pushing the stroller out in front of you. Your knee should be directly above your ankle and your thigh parallel to the ground. Return to the standing position and lunge with the other leg.

 

Parks

Parks are a fantastic place to take your little ones to get in a little exercise. Not only are they going to love playing on the slides and swings, but there are a lot of ways in which you can incorporate the equipment into an exercise.  During your morning or afternoon at the park, take a few minutes and do “Kiss the Baby Push-ups”.

 

  • Kiss the baby push-ups

    Find a bench and park your baby's stroller safely against the bench with the brake in place. Facing your baby/stroller, place your arms shoulder-width apart on it. Keeping back and abdominals strong, lower your chest to the bench and then press back to the starting position. Keep your body in a straight line. As you are lowering your body, give your little one a quick little smooch or peek-a-boo for some giggles!

 

Backyard

Where is an easier location than your backyard to take your little one to enjoy the beautiful weather? Here are 2 easy & fast exercises you can do in the luxury of your backyard which will get your heart pounding and little ones giggling!

 

  • Peek-a-boo Squats

    Stand behind your stroller with your hands on the handlebar shoulder-width apart. With your feet and knees forward, squat down as if sitting on a chair, keeping your weight in your heels and your knees directly above your ankles. (Be careful not to put weight on the stroller; you don't want it to tip.) Squeeze your rear end and return to the starting position. As you squat down in front of your baby, play a fun game of peek-a-boo so you can hear their adorable baby belly laughs!

  

  • Tickle-Toes Fast Feet

    While outside, park your baby’s stroller with the brake in place. Facing the stroller, use jog in place with “fast feet”, as your are jogging in place, every 10 seconds, jump up and as your land on your feet, tickle your little ones toes! This is sure to loads of laughs out of your little one!

 

Baby Boot Camp-Carmel, Noblesville & Fishers has classes at St. Vincent Fishers Hospital and The Fashion Mall. Your first class is always free, register at www.babybootcamp.com or contact kara.babcock@babybootcamp.com 

 


Meet The Author

Contributing Writer

Back in Indiana after a 13 year adventure in Chicago and New York, Kara swore she would always be a city girl, but when she decided to start a family, she chose to move to Carmel for her husband's job and to be closer to family. Always passionate about about fitness and children, Kara decided to combine her two loves and start a Baby Boot Camp franchise in Hamilton County. In her very limited freetime, she loves to travel, drink coffee and wine (when not pregnant...oh how I miss thee!), try new restaurants, read, and watch everyone's favorite guilty pleasures--The Bachelor and Scandal!

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