Now that we’ve officially entered the cool months of fall, there’s no better time to take advantage of the cooler weather for some hardcore workouts without worrying about the heat from a hot beating summer sun. Not only can you enjoy the cooler breeze, but your little one will too. While you’re working on your fitness goals, your little will be working on exercising four of their 5 senses: sight, hearing, smell and even touch.
Rucking is usually done with a weighted pack on your back. If you’ve got a baby carrier that you can carry baby on your back, you can both go on that walk around the neighborhood. While baby explores the neighborhood and sounds, you’ll be working out your shoulders, back, core, hips, and legs. The heavier the weight, the more calories you burn and your muscles work harder to keep up your posture. Make sure the baby is bundled enough to sit comfortably and be your weight for the length of time you plan on being out.
This type of exercise is short but intense. The most common one is doing squats. If you’ve got a backyard with outdoor furniture, or something as simple as folding lawn chairs, you can use them to place baby securely in their car seat and on top of a chair while you work on your chair squats standing in front of it.
Other anaerobic exercises you can do while you’re there are sprints from one end of your yard to the next, box jumps (if you’ve got a sturdy box or bench), jump squats, or jump rope. All of which baby can watch comfortably from their car seat, walker, or pack and play.
One of the most beautiful seasons to enjoy hiking is fall. There’s so much more scenery to see as the leaves change colors and as they fall, you get to see your surroundings more clear and with a little more peace since the crowds aren’t as heavy during this season.
Taking your little one for an epic hike in a place like Zion National Park will give you and your little one plenty to see. There are different hike levels for you to pick the best one you, baby, and the whole family will feel comfortable with. The best way to hike with a baby is to make sure you have a front baby carrier so you can have baby close.
Ever since the invention of the baby jogger strollers, we’ve been seeing mommies all over jogging with their babies. As you’re going for your run, talk to your baby and point to things so that they become familiar with talking and knowing what certain outdoor items are. The more you do it, the more it becomes a routine, and soon they will be the ones pointing and saying what they see.
The most obvious exercise for mommy and me time is to walk. Walking at least 30 minutes two to three times a day is what is needed to see any results when trying to lose baby fat. Walking while pushing a stroller does help you burn calories a little more than walking alone. Even if it’s not a significant difference, every calorie burned counts. While you and baby are walking, try holding a conversation so that they get familiar with words.
Because some days might be a little too cold for baby, you’ll have to skip some days. The optimal time to enjoy some outdoor workouts during this season is to do it when the sun shines the brightest usually from 1 PM-3 PM.
Whatever option you choose, make sure you’re scheduling a time for you and for your baby to get out of the house. You’ll both be grateful for the new scenery and you’ll both sleep better at night.