Exercise of the Week: Squats with Baby Carrier

Starting Position
This exercise uses a front pack carrier. Stand with your feet wider than your shoulders, toes and knees pointing forward. Engage your abdominals and stand tall. Keep your knees soft (do not lock them).

INHALE: Slowly lower your body and remember to bend slightly at your hips as if you’re about to sit back into a chair. Keep your weight in your heels and your back as upright as possible. Make sure your knees don?t cross the plane of your toes. Baby should remain upright in this position. EXHALE: Straighten legs and come up to the starting position to complete one rep. Aim for 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Special Instructions
Safety should be your main concern, for you and the baby. Make sure that baby is totally secure in all movements. If any exercise is uncomfortable or too strenuous with baby, try it without baby first. Do not bend your knees more than 90 degrees because this stresses your joints. If you feel pain in your knees, don’t squat as deeply and stay in a pain-free range of motion. Hold onto a chair or wall to help with balance and the movement, if necessary.

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