If my due date proves correct (a rarity, I know), then our little boy will be arriving in 33 days. What!? I am beginning to think more and more about what life with a newborn will be like and I cannot even begin to fathom all the changes that will occur once we have a baby boy in our lives.
One thing that I know will change, among many others, will be my workouts. I plan to continue teaching, but there may be some logistical issues with childcare for a while (my gym doesn’t offer childcare until a baby can sit up), so I’m thinking more and more at home workouts will be occurring after our little one arrives and I’m cleared to exercise again.
From what I’ve gathered from new moms, taking advantage of nap time is key and so I’m sure I’ll be looking to my past At Home Workouts and Pinterest Workout Boards for inspiration, but I also thought I should put together a few quick, quiet workouts for days when our little one might be sleeping soundly and I want to sweat but not disturb our baby. (This may also be a good option for those looking for silent workouts to do in your apartment or hotel room workouts to do while traveling!)
Today’s workout is a total body workout that does not require any equipment. If you’re not worried about noise and want to sneak in a little cardio, consider adding 30 seconds of jump rope, high knees or jumping jacks in between each exercise for an added boost!
Try your best to keep things moving quickly, but always be sure to listen to your body and rest as needed.
Here are some picture demos and links to descriptions of some of the exercises:
Question of the Morning
- What are some of your favorite workouts to do at home?
I love doing plyo’s at home because it’s a fast and effective workout. Nothing beats some jump squats and burpees : )
I LOVE THIS. I live on the third floor of an apartment building and my floor is our lower neighbors ceiling so doing any sort of jumping always make me feel like I’m disturbing the poor person underneath us! there are a few workouts I can complete at home, but this one seems like its going to be difficult enough without the jumping/cardio! I’ll have to check out your pinterest for further inspiration, but now i’m actually looking forward to that early morning work out!! Thanks, Julie!
so glad to hear it!!! thanks for commenting, jess!
How many calories does this burn?
tip from a mom with a 2-week-old– don’t be TOO quiet during daytime naps! all I’ve read and now experienced is that baby’s should be exposed to daytime noises and movement, so that they don’t learn to expect silence during sleeping. just a thought!! 🙂 you’re getting so close to baby time, exciting!!
Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood says
Love this!!! My one year old is the worlds worst sleeper and most days even a loud sneeze can wake him up from a nap. I workout a lot outside with the monitor on and quiet workouts are a must have!!
This workout looks fun! I think I’ll try it outside tonight on our porch!
kelly b says
Great idea! I did alot of at home workouts when my boys were babies. Many times I would take them for a run in the jogging stroller, most of the time they would fall asleep and then I would finish my workout in the garage! Good luck, you are in the homestretch!
Elizabeth Beil says
I am loving this!! I am not a mom but this is a great workout! Always looking for workouts like this! I can’t believe you only have 33 days! I feel like you just told the blog world! 🙂
I do a lot of you tube workouts. I love Blogilates, Fitness Blender, and Yoga with Adriene. My toddler is a little weirdo and LOVES watching blogilates videos. I set up a (purple- everything must be purple) yoga mat for her and she pretends to workout beside me. My little guy (8 weeks) hangs out on a blanket or in the mamaroo near by. At this stage I need nap time for my own quiet time so I just include the kiddos when I workout. My daughter loves the jogging stroller so I am looking forward to being able to take both of them out!
Here are some with resistance bands. Should be quiet too! https://fabinyour40s.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/resistance-band-exercises/
Another few of them: https://fabinyour40s.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/at-home-workout/
I totally agree with Amy! We have 2 super active dogs and my DD’s in daycare – if she needed absolute quiet to sleep we’d be sunk. We kept her downstairs in the living room with us during the day from the very beginning. She learned to sleep through the TV, the dogs, the vacuum, cooking noises, everything…nothing phases her now. We also have a white noise machine that we use at night…it’s taken about 2 months but she now connects the white noise with bedtime and settles down within a few minutes of us turning it on. I totally recommend reading the Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep by Harvey Karp. It’s a quick read but it also gives you some great strategies to go to when he gets fussy for the 800 millionth time in the first few weeks and you’re ready to pull out your hair.
I like doing quick HIIT workouts that don’t require equipment when I’m in a pinch.
Right now I do a lot of at home workouts from Pinterest, YouTube and videos. The noise isn’t the problem, it’s finding the time!
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
33 days! Ahh I’m so excited for you!!
I agree with the others. You need to expose your baby to lots of noise so he doesn’t need perfect peace and quiet to sleep. You will be so glad you did! Exciting that you’re so close to your baby boy arriving!
Dottie (@crazyfitmommy) says
At home workouts are awesome when you have young kids! I wouldn’t worry about being too quiet though — I actually have found that it helps to be a little loud around babies because it gets them used to sleeping through noise. It took a little bit of time, but now I can run the vacuum in the same room without waking up my youngest, and my dogs barking rarely wakes him up either. He even slept through the fireworks on the 4th!
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
Just pinned this! I’m thinking lots of quiet bodyweight workouts are going to be my go-to while baby girl is napping! Our gym doesn’t offer childcare for little little ones either, so I think I’ll have to squeeze in exercise any chance I can get!
Oh my gosh I can’t believe you’re due so soon! How awesome!
I love quiet workouts since I live with roommates or in apartments and don’t want to be that person jumping around waking everyone up! Haha
I had a baby 3 months ago and only get to the gym about 2-3 times per week. I supplement with yoga at home which I never liked before. However, after giving birth and all the upper back tightness I was getting with nursing, yoga has been a great way too deal with all the weird aches and pains after having a baby.
For a quiet workout, I like to put on a YouTube workout (some variation of Taebo for me) and mute the tv. I wear my iPod so I can listen to my own music and it’s usually pretty easy to follow along without the sound. The only noise I make is a light tapping on the carpet.
Definitely agree with the others… You don’t want to be too quiet while baby is sleeping. Besides, you’ll learn real quick that babies aare used to noise. There’s lots of noise surrounding him right now. I vacuumed yesterday during his nap and he didn’t even stir, thanks to the white noise in his room.
Katie S says
I just did this workout outside but I added cardio into it by running up and down my long driveway in between each exercise – such an awesome full body workout perfect for doing at home! Thank you!
Kristy B. says
I know every baby is completely different, but you might try not being super quiet while the baby is napping at first. Sometimes if you set that precedent of complete silence while the baby is sleeping, it causes the baby to be a light sleeper in general. Like I said, though, this doesn’t always work and waking a sleeping baby is never advised, but if you plan on naptime workouts, maybe try the normal amount of noise to see if the baby will sleep through it.
Niki @ Life With Niki says
At home workouts are incredibly convenient and fun! I love doing bodyweight hit, BBG, insanity, blogilates, and fitness blender whenever I am at home. There are just so many different options on both youtube, pinterest, and even instagram nowadays. All you need is a few feet of space and a positive attitude for a great sweat sesh!
Hey Julie! I found your blog a few years ago after a post like this! I lived on the second floor of an apartment building, and I didn’t want to disturb the man downstairs with lots of jumping. You have been inspiring my healthy lifestyle since! You also inspired me to start my own blog. I just got started a few days ago if you have any tips 🙂 Have a wonderful day!!
Aw, this is so awesome!! Hope you LOVE blogging!
So apparently the first step is to get your URL correct 🙂
Alexandra Taylor says
I have a ten month old, and I have been absolutely LOVING Daily Burn.com. You might be too awesome at fitness to benefit from this subscription website, but if I were you I’d see if I could partner with them on your blog. They have lots of different types of workouts…your gym actually might not like them (competition!) but for mamas with young babies it’s a godsend!
Quietness isn’t actually that big a deal with babies…they sleep through anything. Being able to work out at home, though, is HUGE.
jen (impossible jen) says
i recently did the self summer challenge, it’s pretty easy to do at home. also, yogalosophy dvd. the hardest part is that my cat feels the need to be included, furry little weirdo.
Alexa @ The Mindful Maritimer says
Thank you so much for this! I have been looking for a good (not noisy) workout for a while and this looks perfect!
Typically my home workouts consist of hiit based circuits because I like to get a good sweat on! Other than that sometimes I do youtube videos!
I love YouTube for *free* workout videos, too!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
I can’t believe how close you are!! Love this workout! I don’t e a baby, but there are plenty of times this would be very useful! Great workout.
Katie T says
What are hand release push-ups? Thanks for the guide, can’t wait to do this workout!
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West says
Quiet workouts are best for home, whether you have kids or not! I like to do online yoga classes in the comfort of my own home, as well as core workouts. This is a good one, Julie! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I love this and am definitely pinning it for use during our upcoming vacation! Props to you for coming up with such a great idea! I wish I had had it when my daughter was tiny.
I love Beachbody workouts for home- Right now my current favorites are 21 Day Fix Extreme, Piyo, and T25. They are all 30 minutes or less too, so they are relatively easy to fit into busy schedules!
I know this is going to sound a little silly & kind of ridiculous.. but make some noise 🙂 my first is an extremely light sleeper & wakes up very easily (when we was little I made the house was silent!) Now with my second thats not the case & he will sleep through the vacuum, laundry machines,dishes & even the door bell! So excited for you!!!!
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
Donkey kicks are my nemesis. They look deceptively easy, but it doesn’t take long before they start to burn!
This is great! My little guys sleeps through almost anything but I still don’t want to be loud while he’s napping. I mean who wants someone jumping around while they are trying to sleep, right? Thanks for the post, I’m gonna try this out!
I just got an email from pure barre today that they are selling the 8th edition of their dvd home workouts, it even comes with some equipment, it might be something you want to look into!
kristin | W [H] A T C H says
this workout would also be great for couples that wake up at different times and don’t want to wake each other up working out in the morning!
YES! This is perfect during nap time! Thank you!
Were you born early, late, or right on your due date?
I was born three days early!
Rachel @ Simply Rachel Nicole says
Yay! I can’t wait to try this!!
Alex @ get big, go to work says
I Don’t do too many at home workouts right now because our one bedroom apartment is seriously small and there is just no room to move, but hand release push ups are definitely one of my favorite moves for atrengthing my upper body.
I have a 5 week old baby girl and just started going to our local Stroller Strides fitness classes – I highly recommend looking online to see if they’re in your area! It’s been SOOOO great to get out of the house, be outside, and meet other moms. Plus being pushed in the stroller lulls baby Luisa right to sleep 🙂
Love this post. You should start a folder with naptime workouts for all us mom’s of tiny ones
Ooh! I’m going to use these in my office for workouts! I’m able to shut my door and have decent floor space to work out but I don’t want to jump around too much and make noise!
I have a post partum exercise regimen request–abdominal/core work that doesn’t include sit-ups. I am dealing with diastasis recti (thanks twins!) and would like a nice circuit of core exercises I can do daily (or alternate daily) to strengthen my core and hopefully get this mommy tummy to GO AWAY!
HI! I speak spanish and i dont understand these moves: pulsing bridges and hand release push ups.
Please, can you explain or have photos?
Rocío from Uruguay