Getting Back Into Exercise After Pregnancy: Laura’s Journey
Getting back into exercise after pregnancy is no easy feat. Laura is a real mom who is sharing her experiences with exercise and new motherhood. If you missed her first post, click here to catch up on her story.
I finally stopped making excuses and remembered I had a small gym in my building at work. I have been able to go in there about 3 times a week for a quick 30 minute workout, post pumping, and pre-lunch-at-my-desk. The workout consists of a 10 -15 minutes of elliptical warm up and then Jenn’s 10 minute circuit. I hate to reveal that I’m a big sweater, but after these little workouts I’m really sweating!
In the evenings, I really have the best intentions to do the baby-and-me circuit but pulling on sneakers again and sweating again doesn’t seems appealing, and I spend most of my time feeding my daughter and catching up with my husband. I will try and put a little more effort into it this coming week. Promise.
Last Saturday I did go on a long walk/jog with my daughter in the jogging stroller, and the pup on a leash (we all survived) and even that little run really felt great! I also felt really empowered because I was able to wrangle all those elements at once and not injure anyone.
That same Saturday night, my husband (who is working on a couch to 5k) and I were invited to a run club event downtown Raleigh on Wednesday night. It was at Trophy Brewery if there are any Raleigh-ites readings. My husband couldn’t make it, but with a pit in my stomach I went with jogging stroller and baby in-tow. We made it the 3-mile route, it was definitely a challenge, and there were some parts where I walked. But we made it.
I should be forth-right and tell you I have been on Weight Watchers for the last few months, mostly just to keep a record of the foods I’ve eaten and to remind myself I can’t mindlessly eat. As a breast feeding mom you get a TON of points, so there is still a lot of wiggle room while you’re getting back to “normal” eating (at least for me). I do a pretty horrible job of tracking my points on the weekends, but most weekdays I can keep a tab on them.
All in all it’s been a good week. I will say after a few days of doing the circuits, I was sitting next to the tub washing my daughter and my tush was a little sore. I thought “ohh, that is a nice feeling! I haven’t felt soreness in my muscles in a while, this might be working!”
Expert Feedback/Recommendations from Fit for Expecting:
- Great job incorporating exercise into your busy mommy life!
- Exercising in the gym at work is a great way to get exercise out of the way so you don’t need to worry about it after you get home. I recommend that you stick with exercising at work, make the best of your workouts there and then you can relax and enjoy your family in the evening. I put together a 26 minute elliptical workout that you can do a few days each week. Try doing this workout 3 days and then the circuit the other 2 days.
- Great job doing the weekend walk/jogs! To make your sessions more effective, you could try including intervals. So, for example, jog for 5 minutes and walk for 2 minutes. Keep alternating for the duration of your session. Once you get more comfortable running, you can add sprint intervals to the mix. You can set up intervals however you’d like – some people who run in a city/suburb environment will run for a certain number of blocks and then walk for a few.