Postpartum Exercise PlanMay 3, 2016
Where Do I Begin?
Hi, everyone! I apologize for my absence. But, I have a good reason: I gave birth to my son! I am getting back into my groove (or should I say, “new groove”) as a Mom of two, slowly but surely. I have to give a big shout out to my parents and my in- laws for sticking around to help with…well, everything. Thank you, again!
Recovering from giving birth takes time. It is so important to take it as easy as possible for a while (I know, I know…easier said than done) so that you can heal. While I am eager to get back into my normal workout routine, I am being smart and starting slowly so that I do not get hurt. I am making little changes in my daily routine that will not only help me recover, but will help increase my energy levels and get me ready to break a sweat once I get clearance from my doctor. Please note that not every woman’s birthing experience is the same. Please consult with your personal physician before creating YOUR plan.
Exercising throughout my pregnancy was super helpful (and therapeutic). I definitely feel like doing so has helped with my c-section recovery – I felt good because I stayed active and it helped put some pep in my step during those last couple of months! While I do need to lay fairly low for a bit, I have been using the stairs in my apartment often and getting outside to walk for little bits of time. Once I feel even better, long walks will become a staple. The walks will help wake up my muscles and bring my heart rate up (have YOU pushed two children up a hill in a stroller? Talk about a great cardiovascular workout!)
Once I get the “okay” from my doctor to train again, I will start incorporating HIIT and resistance training. Yes, I will push hard, but I will also be kind to myself. I may not be able to fit in a workout as much as I want to. I need to make sure I am getting enough rest and fueling my body properly. While babies eventually start sleeping through the night, we are no where near that point yet. I just need to take it day by day.
I have mentioned many times before that exercise classes help keep you accountable – check out what classes are being offered in your building. Go with your spouse or friend! Follow our blog for all of our workouts and healthy eating tips as well. Remember, exercise is only part of the equation.
Stay tuned for more updates on my post partum journey! I promise it won’t be all I post about, but hopefully I can motivate some of the ladies that are in the same boat as me. Here’s to a happy and healthy month ahead!