Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Working Out After Baby
If I thought I had excuses for not working out before baby, I had no clue how many I would have after baby. Time, exhaustion, chores... multiplied over and over again.
I will admit...
It is more difficult to schedule a workout and I am a lot more physically and mentally tired at the end of each day now, but I am trying. And, that's all any of us can really do, right?
But, because of these things, I need a good workout more than ever.
When I work out regularly, I feel more energized. I feel better about myself. My self-confidence soars and I'm a much nicer person to be around. So, it's a priority.
A lot of people suggest exercising while baby is napping. If you've had a baby you know that nap time is precious and if you aren't napping as well, you are probably sterilizing bottles and cleaning spit-up out of your hair. So, I didn't exercise during nap time. I also didn't join a gym because I only get so many hours with baby before he goes to bed and I don't want to spend one of those hours at the gym.
I encourage you to include baby in your workouts.
Put baby in a stroller and go for a walk or jog. He will love taking in the sights and sounds of outdoors and you will get some great cardio (and a little strength training pushing him). Not to mention the vitamin D is great for both of you.
Get out your yoga mat, lay baby down on it and practice some yoga with him. He will love the attention and you will get a great core workout.
Use your baby as weight. Lift him above your head, do some squats while holding him, and twist your core with him in your arms.
When I first started exercising I was pretty discouraged that I couldn't run for long without getting winded or do jumping jacks without taking bathroom breaks. It took me some time, but it eventually gets easier. Our bodies just did something pretty amazing and we need to be gentle with them for it.
As part of the #1800 Minute Challenge, I intend to share a little more about my workout regimen after baby and how I am finding creative ways to break a sweat. Hope you join me!