Welcome to our Asobi Sport™ Family Fitness Safety Guidelines. We’re excited for you to enjoy these exercises offered on our YouTube Channel, Blog Posts, or Facebook Page. We hope they empower to get fit with your kids. We do caution that by choosing to join us, you are agreeing to do these exercises at your own risk. Please pay attention to the following Asobi Sport™ Babywearing Rules so you can ensure your family’s safety:
• Rule #1: Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
• Rule #2: Read your Carrier’s Manual and decide if these Exercises are right for You and your Baby.
• Rule #3: Always Look, Listen and Feel for Baby’s Breathing.
• Rule #4: Pay attention to Baby’s head position and make sure Baby’s neck is always supported.
• Rule #5: Never run with your Baby in the carrier. Power Walking is only okay if you have secured your baby’s head with your hand or a supportive wrap. Even with a secure wrap, it is best to keep one hand on Baby while walking to ensure his/her positioning.
• Rule #6: Always make sure Baby’s knees are higher than Baby’s hips for proper hip positioning.
• Rule #7 Avoid leaning over with your Baby in the carrier. Always have one hand on your child to ensure his or her safety, especially on exercises that challenge your balance and have you hinge forward.
• Rule #8: Listen to your Baby’s cues. If Baby wants out, take Baby out. If Baby is hungry, feed Baby! Feel free to tend to your Baby’s needs. No matter your parenting preference, Asobi Sport™ will aim to tend to your needs and improve your posture while you soothe your child.
• Rule #9: Listen to your instincts. Always be on the lookout for potential safety hazards. If there is anything telling you that you don’t feel 100% comfortable with an exercise, then by all means please avoid it. Only do the exercises that will help you replenish your energy, nurture your child, and thrive as a family!
• Rule #10: If you are pregnant, please consult with your doctor and follow these safety guidelines.
What to do while pregnant:
–Focus on mild to moderate exercise that improves posture and balance
–Aim to exercise at least 3x a week (you can exercise all 7 days if you feel up for it)
–Drink lots of water before, during, and after exercise to increase hydration & regulate body temperature
–Abdominal exercises are very important during pregnancy as are deep pelvic floor muscle contractions (but there are ways to gently engage your deep core muscles without doing a single sit up.)
What to avoid while pregnant:
–Stop exercise if you feel fatigued; don’t exercise to exhaustion
–Stop immediately if you feel any dizziness, nausea, vision disturbances, headache, lightheaded-ness, vaginal blood, fluid loss, chest pain, muscle weakness, calf pain or swelling, uterine contractions or decreased fetal movement.
–Avoid lying supine (on your back) for long periods of time after your 1st trimester
–Avoid doing oblique exercise, side stretching, or spine extension past 1st trimester; it can contribute to overstretching abdominal muscles
–Avoid inversions in 2nd and 3rd trimesters
–Avoid moderate to maximal contractions of the adductor muscles (inner thighs) due to softening of the pubic symphysis joint
–Avoid using a spa, sauna, or any heat therapy
–Avoid any movements that could result in falling or injuring your joints
A note from our founder:
“As a PMA Nationally certified Pilates instructor, my aim with Asobi Sport™ Family Fitness is to help parents increase their postural awareness and strength so they can parent at your best. I want you to be able to safely lift and play with your child without suffering from muscle imbalances, faulty posture, and back and neck pain. Please read our safety tips before trying the Asobi Sport™ exercises offered on our YouTube Channel, Blog Posts, or Facebook Page. Whether you’re an expecting mother or already care for a child, we’re excited to have you join us!”