A huge number of parents of young children want to get in shape, or at least exercise more. Having a new baby or young child in the home can make finding the time seem extra challenging. The good news is, your baby carrier is a great tool for helping you reach your goal!
How your carrier can help you exercise more
1. A baby carrier makes it easy to spend time with your child WHILE exercising, so that you don’t have to choose between the two! Most babies love the combination of closeness and motion, so chances are, they will love being included in your exercise routine.
2. Babies add a functional weight to your workout. The heavier they get, the more resistance. Adding a 15 lb baby to your usual walk, hike or other gentle fitness routine ups the impact of every movement you make.
What kind of workout to choose while while wearing your baby
First of all, you only want to do slow and easy exercises while carrying a baby, so keep that in mind when choosing your workout. Even a regular walk can turn into quite a workout when you add in hills and the weight of your baby! You can also do any exercises that keep you in an upright position, such as squats, and upper body workouts using an exercise tube (rather than weights).
What carriers to choose while working out with your baby
Choose a carrier that is very secure and truly handsfree so that you don’t have a moment’s anxiety about your baby’s security. Also choose two-shouldered carriers so that the baby’s weight is evenly distributed over your body. Our favorite carriers for workouts are: mei tais, wraps and two-shouldered buckle carriers.
Do you work out with your baby? What has been your experience?