Written by guest blooger, Autumn Bonner, co-owner and co-founder of My Tailored Fitness.
Hi Moms! Autumn here from Tailored Fitness back this week to help us tackle our next trouble spot, the Butt, with a baby-wearing workout you’ll love. If you missed our first post about how to tone the tummy, you can check it out here, Tackle Your Postpartum Trouble Spots: Tummy.
There are 3 changes that occur during pregnancy that affect our backsides:
- Weight gain – It is completely normal to gain weight in places other than your belly during pregnancy. It’s part of the way your body makes sure you have enough nourishment for the growing baby. You may have noticed that as your front was getting larger (aka: breasts and belly) that your backside was getting larger too (aka: your butt). I like to think of it as nature’s way of making sure we don’t fall over .
- Loss of muscle tone – Towards the end of pregnancy, the weight of your growing belly makes it much harder to exercise and to build up the intensity necessary to maintain muscle tone. We end up losing much of our muscle tone, especially in our glutes!
- Postural Shift – There are also some crazy postural changes that occur during pregnancy. If you look at the two pictures below showing your posture pre-pregnancy and your posture at the end of pregnancy, you can see that your pelvis tilts forward. This causes the muscles on the backs of your legs (your glutes and hamstrings) to stretch and in turn lose some of their strength.
So to get your derriere back where it belongs after pregnancy, it takes the same 3 things we talked about last week:
- Healthy Eating
Here’s a 20 minute Butt Toning Plan that combines toning and cardio! Combine this plan with your healthy eating and your tummy toning workout from last week and you will be well on your way to your pre-baby body (or an even better one)! As with any exercise plan, be sure to get your doctor’s clearance before starting any activity.
Warm up – Put your baby in the Ergobaby carrier and find a set of stairs you can climb. If you don’t have any at your house or in your apartment complex, look for a nearby office building or park that has some you can use. Chances are they will be empty. To warm up, walk up and down the stairs for 2 minutes. Be sure to be near the handrails in case you lose your balance. It’s harder to see your toes when wearing your baby, although you may be used to that from being pregnant!
Cardio - To get your heart rate up, alternate between 1 minute of quick stair climbing (of course safety is #1, so only go as quickly as you feel comfortable, it won’t take much to get your heart rate up) and 1 minute of slow start climbing with a glute squeeze after each step. The photo shows a glute squeeze, but basically as you step up on a stair, lift your back leg straight behind you and squeeze your glute! Keep alternating for a total of 5 minutes.
Strength –Keep that baby in your carrier for these strength exercises.
1 – Squat and Squeeze – With one foot on the step, lower into a squat with the weight on your heels. Since you are wearing your baby, you will naturally want to drop your chest, but keep your chest up and let the legs do the work. Rise up from the squat and step onto the step lifting your outside leg up into a side glute squeeze. You will need to engage your abs to maintain your balance as you lift your leg. Slowly return to the starting position and repeat for 10 reps, then switch legs and do 10 reps on the other side. Rest and then repeat another set.
2 – Wall Sit – Find a stable, smooth wall. Place your back against the wall and lower down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Make sure your entire back and shoulders stay against the wall and hold for 1 minute. Rest and then repeat for another minute. This is a great time to connect with your little one. She/he can definitely help distract you from your burning legs!
3 – Butt Blaster – This one is killer, but so good for targeting the glutes. Take your baby out of the carrier and lay his/her below you on a matt. Come onto your hands and your knees. Keeping your leg bent, lift one leg up pushing the heel up to the sky. Return to the start and then open the knee to the side. Keep alternating lifting back and side on the same leg for a total of 10 reps. Then switch and repeat on the other side. Rest, and repeat both sides a 2nd time.
Stretch – Finish by stretching as your baby lies nearby on the floor. Also, be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day.
If you are looking for more ideas for how to tone your glutes with your baby in your Ergobaby carrier, check out this lower body strength video from My Tailored Fitness, my fitness program for moms.
Be sure to check back next week as we tackle our final trouble spot: arms!