Workout Wednesday: Straight Leg Side Raises with Your Baby


Outer thighs can be a trouble area, especially if you have found yourself sitting more. Toning the thighs however is easy with this exercise (and it’s a fun way to bond with your baby!). Wearing your baby forward facing in the carrier of your choice, stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms out to the side and slightly bend your base knee to maintain balance throughout the exercise. Slowly raise your right leg up to the side. Your foot should be turned in slightly, so that your heel is pointing towards the ceiling. Raise your leg a little lower than waist high, and then lower down towards the floor. Only allow your foot to come very near to the floor, but don’t allow it to actually be placed on the floor. Now, repeat the exercise by raising your right leg again. Remember, each time you lower your leg, don’t allow your foot to touch the floor. Perform 15 leg raises on your right leg and then 15 on your left leg.

Note: Perform this exercise in front of a floor length mirror to help you maintain good form. This is also a great way to keep your baby entertained!

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