After finding yourself sitting the first few weeks of motherhood holding your baby, feeding your baby, and trying to grab a few minutes of sleep when you can, you may start to feel like your bottom is becoming a little flatter than it once was. But, by taking just a few minutes out of your day, two to three times per week, you can firm up your glutes and get your perk backside back before you know it 🙂
One of my favorite exercises to do with Joey are glute bridges. You can do these double legged to start, and advance onto single leg raises as you gain more strength. The best part is how much Joey loves the exercise too (it’s like a horsey ride for him!).
Glute Bridge with Your Baby
To get started, lay down on the floor and bend your knees so that your heels are flat on the floor. Place your baby on your hips, sitting upright. Slowly raise your hips until only your shoulder blades are touching the floor. Your back should be straight and abdominals tight. At the top of the bridge, squeeze your glutes. Raise and lower five time and, on the fifth rise, hold the position for a count of 5 and slowly lower back down to the start. Repeat for 5 sets for a more toned and lifted backside!
To further challenge yourself, perform the exercise with one leg lifted off the ground.
Note: You can also choose to add the noodles and ½ tomato sauce during the last 30-40 minutes of the recipe cooking. The above recipe allows for faster assembly and “set-it-and-forget-it cooking,” but if you prefer your noodles a bit more al dente or will be home while this meal is cooking, try waiting to add them instead.