When baby weight can be a GOOD thing: How new mothers are losing post-pregnancy pounds with the help of their newborns
For most new mothers, losing baby weight after childbirth is an inevitable chore. But many will agree that tearing oneself away from a newborn can be a challenge.
Now, a new kind of workout promises to marry weight-loss with baby bonding time, giving new mothers the best of both worlds.
Moms Evolution classes, at the Kadi-Fit gym in Cornelius, North Carolina, include the infants by using them as weights.
Bonding time: Moms Evolution classes, at a gym in Cornelius, North Carolina, include babies by using them as weights. Here, Lisa Donnellan does a bench press with three-month-old Emma Grace
Footage of the classes on WBTV see the babies smiling and giggling as they are lifted into the air as resistance for bench presses, or gazing up at their mothers as they do press-ups above them.
Gym instructor Missy Isom, revealed how she was inspired to develop the class after the birth of her own daughter.
Support network: Though women without babies are also welcome to attend the classes, it attracts mothers with small children because fellow gym-goers are less likely to be annoyed by a crying child
Mutual rewards: Experts agree working out together can be beneficial for both mother and child
She told the station: 'It was very important for me to bond with my daughter when she was
first born. So that's how I developed Moms Evolution where we can have a
workout and have that bonding time.'
Baby's first workout: Missy Isom was inspired to develop the class after the birth of her own daughter
Lisa Donnellan, who attends the class
with her three-month-old baby Emma Grace, says the class offers a
support network as well as a workout.
She revealed: 'It's all moms so they all understand if your baby starts crying.
don't care what you look like when you get here and they lend a hand and
it's so great to be able to work out with my baby.'
It seems she is on the right track. Experts agree that getting back in shape soon after the birth can help ease the symptoms of post-partum depression.
And working out together can function as a great learning experience for the baby, says Reed Maltbie, co-founder and director of Gainesville Athletic Academy in Florida.
He told Babyzone.com: 'Imagine the bond Baby is developing with Mom through interaction.
'You are building confidence, self-awareness, human connection, love. Babies need these intimate interactions to adjust, to develop and grow.
'Also, the activities are exercise for Baby too, so he/she is developing cognitive and physical abilities.'