Getting active after Thomas' arrival has come in phases. The first few weeks I spent healing and adjusting to being a mom. Once I was up for it Kevin and I started to go for walks again. I didn't want to push myself too hard but I felt it was important to get my body moving. At the 6 week mark I was able to start working out again so I was excited to get back to feeling fit.
Here are some ways I am getting moving again in hopes to feel energized and fit again soon:
1) Dancing with Baby: This is my personal favourite. Thomas loves dancing around with me and when he's happy, I'm happy haha.
2) At home workout "DVDs": As I mentioned before, I wanted to make sure my workouts weren't going to be a chore. When I was looking at possible workouts to download, I was happy to discover the Jillian Michaels kickboxing series. They are 20 minutes and actually a lot of fun. While I'm sure I am horrible at them, kickboxing has always interested me so I'm really enjoying them!
3) Resistance bands: I randomly found mine at Forever 21 but I've seen them at a variety of places. They are inexpensive, don't take up a lot of room and are quick to use. My lower body is always a problem area so I will sometimes do a quick little workout with them during one of Thomas' naps. I also have weights at home but I find myself reaching for the bands more.
4) Exercises with Baby: Thomas loves (and I mean LOVES) to be held and so I try to do little workouts throughout the day while carrying my little 12 lb chubster. There are a lot of ways to incorporate baby into your workouts on Pinterest but so far I've only held him while doing some squats and lunges. As of now these little workouts aren't scheduled or planned. I'll just throw some squats in when I get up to get a glass of water (for example). As I get stronger I'm sure I'll put together some sort of workout plan.
5) My fitbit: I could talk about why I love my fitbit for hours, so let me know if you'd like me to do a post on that, but it helps keep me accountable. Before Thomas, I would get an average of 18,000 steps a day so right now I am just focused on trying to get 10,000 steps again. While Kevin and I still love our walks, I spend a lot of time sitting while breast feeding (this boy eats a LOT) so I really have to focus to get all the steps in. My fitbit really motivates me to get out and get walking. Sometimes I'll carry Thomas during our walks in a carrier so I have an adorable little 12 pound weight with me. I'm going to slowly start building up to jogging again as well.
Getting fit and feeling good after pregnancy will be a journey but I'm so happy I get to bring Thomas along for the ride.
I feel the need for a disclaimer here. I am not a personal trainer or an expert. These are just some fun and easy ways I am trying to get back into shape after giving birth.
Thomas is gorgeous! I don't have kids yet, but I do a lot of the Beachbody programs (I'm not a coach). A lot of them are around a half an hour and don't require a lot of equipment. Piyo is yoga/pilates/cardio and would probably be great for easing into a heavier program. P90X3 has been my favourite so far.ReplyDelete
Thanks for those suggestions! I love the idea of quick workouts I can do ar home right now. Piyo sounds interesting! xoDelete
I second beachbody programs! I have done 21 Day Fix throughout this past year and lost 15lbs with it (though the amount of beer & chips I've consumed this summer has probably put a few of those back on... I haven't weighed myself. Eep.) They are simple 30 minute workouts at home (also comes with a whole portion controlled eating program, which I've found mega helpful!) That little babe of yours is just the sweetest! Looks like you're settling into motherhood just beautifully! xo!ReplyDelete
Kate! Long time no chat! I am so happy to hear you found some success with the 21 day fix. I'll definitely give it a look. I have seen the portion control piece and was intrigued. Hopefully we will get to chat more soon xo (And thank you, I have to agree that Thomas is a sweetheart ;)) xoDelete