5 Exercises You Can Do With Your Toddler

posted: 04/26/16
by: Amanda Mushro
mother and baby gymnastics

If you're trying to lose that baby weight or squeeze back into your favorite skinny jeans, you don't need a personal trainer to whip you back into shape -- you just need your toddler. Rather than sweating it out at the gym or going to a mommy-and-me yoga class, try toning up during playtime with these fun exercises. You'll be targeting all those muscles you need to chase after your little one while making sure you look and feel your best at the kiddie pool this summer. There's no guarantee your toddler will sit still for this entire workout, so feel free to break up the moves and perform them throughout your day.

Burpee Peek-A-Boo

Start by standing with your hands above your head and your feet shoulder width apart. Move into a deep squat position. Place your hands on the floor directly in front of you and jump your feet out so you are in a plank position. Then jump back up to a full standing position and repeat. Each time your jump up for the burpee, play a game of peek-a-boo with your toddler. Try doing 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.


Bicep Curl and Kiss

Starting with your knees slightly bent, lift your toddler up to you while curling your bicep. Then give your little one a quick kiss before putting them back down. Try doing 2 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions. Just replace the cat in the gif below with a child!


Baby On A Boat

Get an awesome ab workout by starting in a seated position, putting your toddler on your thighs, and lifting your legs in the air. Be sure roll your shoulders back and down while you balance your legs in the air. Sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" while you hold your legs up. Take a short break between each round of the song and try to do 3-4 rounds.

Cuddle Squat

While giving your baby a tight snuggle, put your feet hip-distance apart. Sit back into a deep squat, as if you're sitting in a chair. Be sure to keep your knees over your ankles, power through your heels as you stand, and keep your core engaged during the squats. Try singing "Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes" during each squat. Do 10 to 15 repetitions.


ABC Plank

Make your plank more fun by placing your little one the ground below you while holding a high plank. Make sure your shoulders are directly over your wrists and that your body in a straight line. See if you can hold the plank while you sing the ABCs. Give yourself a minute to rest and do this 4 times.