It’s no secret that I love to exercise. It’s not only good for my physical health, of course, but I enjoy it because of how great it is for my mental health. I was active all throughout my pregnancy, but the intensity and duration of each workout significantly lessened by the end since my body just required more and more rest. Now that I’m in the postpartum stage, I’m excited to get back into regular, more challenging workouts again.
I feel good physically – no soreness for a couple of weeks now – and I can easily walk for a long time without being too fatigued. That being said, I’m not about to go out for a 3-mile run quite yet. My body has a ways to go first and I want to get there with one small step at a time (no pun intended).
I plan to go about this cautiously/wisely in order to do all I can to regain strength and prevent injuries. I’m excited to be “a runner” again, but I’m not willing to try that out too early at the expense of my health (one very cute little baby relies on me now and I can’t afford to be out of commission). I’m only 4 weeks from giving birth and since I didn’t run at all during my pregnancy or lift any weights the last 6 weeks, I want to make strength a priority first.
-Start out/continue with regular walks with the stroller: 30-60 minutes, 4-5 times a week (ish).
-Do yoga/stretch several times a week. I love Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown video and I plan to use that to get back in the groove.
-Once I’ve gained a bit of strength from yoga and walking, add in some body weight strength training workouts a couple of times a week.
-At this point I’ll probably add in some weights to my strength training workouts and hopefully start running soon after.
-I don’t know what my capabilities will be with running until I get to that point, so I’ll figure that out when the time comes.
-I’d love to join a gym to participate in fitness classes at some point, but we’ll see if that becomes an option time- and budget-wise.
I’m so grateful for a healthy, capable body.
One of the biggest reasons I started this blog (4 years ago!?) was to record my progress with fitness and that included logging/sharing my weekly workouts. Since I hope to see a lot of progress in this area once again over the next year+ I’ve decided to resume these posts.
Here are this past week’s workouts, week 1 of recording in this postpartum time:
Sunday, August 23rd
60-minute Walk with the stroller
(it’s safe to assume that every walk from here on out is with Roen in the stroller)
Monday, August 24th
Tuesday, August 25th
Wednesday, August 26th
Thursday, August 27th
Friday, August 28th
Saturday, August 29th