The baby is finally down for a nap, you don’t know how long it will last, but would love to get in a quickie workout? I have a few easy moves that will tone you head to toe, with no fancy equipment needed. The best part? These moves are nap time approved! No loud jumping or thumping, virtually silent! Bonus – this nap time workout is very low impact if you have sensitive knees, but will still get your heart rate up and strengthen important muscles. Do 15 reps of each move, and repeat until baby wakes up!
Nap Time Workout
*Always start your workout with a warm up! Just a few minutes to loosen up the muscles and get a variety of motion. You don’t want to pull anything before you even start! Make sure to cool down with a slow stretch, and always consult your doctor before starting a workout program!
Move 1 – High/Low Planks
Start in a high plank, arms straight, up on your toes, booty down. Then move down to your elbows, keeping your booty in a straight line with your back and legs. Keep your shoulders and abs strong. Then move back onto your hands with straight arms, and repeat!
Move 2 – Booty Bridge
Start on your back, feet flat on the floor, knees at a 90 degree angle with your feet. Lift your booty to the sky, pressing your feet into the ground activating your hamstrings. Keep your upper body, neck, and shoulders relaxed. Then, keeping your booty lifted high, raise one leg straight up and point the toe. Lower the booty and squeeze back up. Repeat on the other leg!
Move 3 – Side Plank Leg Raise
Get into a side plank, hand under the shoulder, feet stacked. Just holding this pose is hard! You can always drop your lower knee to the ground. Then raise your top leg just a few inches and lower it again. Make sure to keep your core tight. Repeat on the other side!
Move 4 – Supermoms
Start lying on your tummy, arms and legs straight out. Then at the same time, raise your arms, upper body, and legs, activating your entire back side. Slowly lower down, and repeat!
Move 5 – Scissor Kicks
I love this classic Pilates move for the core. Start on your back, legs stretched out long. Lift one leg straight, raise your upper body and grasp the leg at the calf or thigh. Keep your chest lifted and open — your abs should be firing. Slightly tug on your leg, and then switch legs, creating a scissor motion. You got it!