Having 3 kids in 4.5 years has taken a toll on my body, and I don’t mean that solely in a negative sense. I certainly look different than I did before babies, but I loved, LOVED, being pregnant (other than the obvious sickness and exhaustion in the first trimester and discomfort in the very end of the pregnancy). I’d say 85% of the time I was over the moon as a pregnant person. It’s probably the happiest I’ve ever felt with my body. I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but it’s just something I love.
My postpartum body stirs different emotions than my pregnancy body, though I try to be as gracious and patient with myself as I can as a nursing mom.
Anyway, in my efforts to get back in shape and feel strong and healthy again, I’ve started to do a few things to set myself up for success. I thought I’d share those today in case you need a little motivation too!
- Find a way to work out at home. I love a class but going to the gym is not really an option right now. Emily is not a super chill baby and naps are pretty questionable during the day, so the notion of leaving her in childcare at the gym sounds horrible. The reality is, as much as it’s not preferred, my highest likelihood of getting a workout in without being interrupted is at about 8:00pm at night. Justin can put her to bed after I nurse her, and then all I have is free time to work out, then take a shower, and go to bed. So after dinner I try to immediately put on work out clothes (even my shoes!) so I’m ready to go when Justin takes her. If I put it off, I’ll be likely to find some excuse.
- Look for online classes that you can do at home! I just discovered Fitness Blender which is a site that offers free work out classes. There is a huge variety on there that I’m eager to start trying out! Beyond something on a laptop, I love the Aaptive app for having a “trainer in my ear”. I’ve flagged a few of my favorites so I’ll return to those or try a new class for a workout. It does help to know a little bit about form and methods when doing an Aaptive class because there is not a video to go along with the audio. But what makes it really nice is you only have to focus on the workout itself, instead of watching something and getting distracted!
- Having the right gear READY to go makes it quick and easy. For most home workouts I try to do bodyweight classes for strength training, meaning it does not require dumbbells or really any gear other than a yoga mat. I have a bluetooth speaker that plays the class loud enough for me to hear, or if I’m outside I’ll throw in some bluetooth earphones! My favorite athletic shoes are Asics, though New Balance also makes great sneakers too (I have these lightweight ones)!
Beyond that, having comfortable clothes that you can move in while you are exercising is also key! I have a pair of these “build your own” leggings from Amazon which is a genius idea. They are a nice thick material so nothing will be stretched until it’s see through while you are doing yoga! I also love finding work out clothes at Athleta. The quality is fantastic and they even have a great return policy if an item doesn’t work for you.
This tank is a recent addition to my workout gear and I love that it’s a high neck. I also got these tights and they are the absolute closest I’ve found to the iconic Lululemon Align pant. I just hope these don’t pill like the Lululemon ones do!
I’d love to hear how you stay motivated to work out on your own when a gym or classes aren’t an option!