Early Morning Workout with the Baby

The title of this post was not planned. I woke up early Monday morning in hopes that I would squeeze in a workout prior to my daughter waking up. Unfortunately, about halfway through, I looked at the baby monitor screen and saw her literally standing up in her crib. There was no getting by the fact that if I was going to continue to exercise, I was going to have to get her out of her bed. That’s what I did.

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Grab a kettlebell and a pair of dumbbells (baby pictured, not included). Total workout time was just shy of thirty minutes.

photo 1-18 Repeat the following exercises sequentially. Complete 10 reps your first time through each exercise. Complete 9 reps your second time through each exercise. Continue to decrease your reps by 1 until you do 1 rep of each exercise.

  • Burpees – You love to hate them. Let’s face it; this is an effective way to squeeze in cardio with no machine. I’m over 20 weeks pregnant. If I can do it, you can.
  • Kettlebell reverse lunge – 1 rep each leg.
  • Kettlebell isolated shoulder press – 1 rep each arm.
  • Isolated dumbbell bicep curl – 1 rep each arm.
  • Dumbbell tricep extension
  • Kettlebell Goblet Squat
  • Fire Hydrant/Kickback combo – 1 rep each exercise, each leg. Hold a dumbbell where your knee bends.

So what do you mean I did this with the baby? I didn’t actually do this workout holding the baby, but I didn’t give up when I realized that the baby was going to get up. Part of what I have learned since having my daughter is that I need to be more flexible. I typically don’t have more than thirty minutes of free time in a day. I need to make the most out of it. There are no more excuses. So what if I just ate? So what if I let her watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates for 15 minutes while I finish up? So what if I have to stop in the middle of what I’m doing and regroup later? I just need to get it done.

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While I finished my workout, I gave my daughter her sippy (chuck full of milk) and changed the television channel from the news to the Disney channel. To my surprise, my daughter was more interested in watching me do my exercises. Dare I say, she even thought it was funny? I hope that as she learns to understand what I am doing that she decides she wants to try. Look at that smile before 6AM.

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