Do you have stairs in your house or outside your home? If you answered “Yes” then you can do this baby wearing exercise.
The older we get, the more we just move forward and back. To help with our balance, coordination and stability we need to move side to side. The lateral side step up will not only get you stronger, but you’ll notice your balance improve, too!
You can choose to wear baby in the front or back positions for this exercise. In the beginning, you may want to hold on to something when you step up. This will initial help you feel more stable. Once you feel more confident with this exercise, you can let go and challenge your balance. If you’re looking to “step up” your game (get it), choose to add a dumbbell and hold it in one or both hands.
Here’s how to do the Lateral Side Step Up with a Kick Back.
Stand with your right side next to a stair or stepper.
Place your right foot on the stair.
Feeling your weight in your right heel, step up but do not put your other food on the stair. Instead squeeze your left glute and kick your leg back on a 45-degree angle.
To come back to the starting position, bend your right knee and lower your left foot back down to the ground.
Sets/Reps: 2 x 15 on each side
Targets: Thighs, hips and glutes.
Watch the video to see how this exercise is done.