Fit After Baby: A Postpartum Workout Guide
I know what you’re thinking: who has time for a postpartum workout? I get it, I really do. On the days I’m not teaching, I’m shocked at the answers I give my husband when he asks, “What did y’all do today?” I realize the day went SO fast for a whole lot of “nothing” getting done. And when he’s finally home, it’s time for dinner, bath, and bedtime snuggles. Sneaking a workout in? Yeah. Didn’t seem to get that done.
But, after enough months of that routine and various excuses, I knew it was time to get active again to get that part of “me” back. Prior to baby, I rotated between Pilates, Barre, and running. But between working and spending time with Fischer, I find little time to make it to a class. So today I’m sharing a variety of ways I’ve been using to get myself fit after baby while juggling the important roles of mother, wife, and teacher!
1. The At-Home Workout
I’ve found that working out at home can be very effective as long as I really commit and don’t stop to check my phone too many times. The easiest way is by finding shorter, intense workouts that get me sweating in no time and are done before I can complain! Some of my favorites:
The Beach Body Series: Both T25 and P90x30 are great because they are either 25-minutes or 30-minutes. I either wake up a little earlier or do a video while Fischer is napping and still have time to unload the dishwasher, prepare his next meal, wash my face, sit and take a breather…etc. Also, the workouts have great modifications so if you’re just getting back into working out you can go slowly. The DVD’s are pricier than some other at-home programs, but they also provide nutritional instructions and meal plans AND, since you have to buy through a Beach Body Coach, you also get accountability groups and online support!
Bar Method Online: I was THRILLED when an instructor mentioned Bar Online. At $30 a month this series is super affordable and they have a variety of videos so that I don’t get bored. Most classes are 50-minutes so it’s a bit more of a time commitment, but they’ve recently introduced 20-minute burst workouts that I’m loving. Again, I either wake up early or do these during naptime…but sometimes I entertain Fischer while he’s eating breakfast/lunch! (NOTE: I recommend taking a few classes at a studio first so that you learn the proper form.)
2. The Stroller Workout
I was very excited when I came across stroller-fit classes and realized there were A LOT of other moms who struggled with finding the time to fit in a postpartum workout and check off every other box on their to-do lists. Stroller programs are awesome because not only are you getting a great workout, but you’re also meeting new moms and kids while baby is WITH you. That’s a win-win-win in my book! In Houston, I have tried both Fit4Mom and Baby Boot Camp. They are both nationwide so check out their sites for a location near you! The intensity of the classes definitely depends on the specific instructor, but whether it’s a light workout or something a bit more sweat-producing, you’re going to have FUN.
If you can’t make it to a class for some reason, don’t sweat (hehehe) it. There are some exercises you can do while strolling on your own or in the backyard. SkinnyMom offers a full-body jogging workout that you can modify to your needs, this one gets you GOOD! I also like this sequence from blogger Ailee at Snapshots and My Thoughts! (Below are my attempts at some of her exercises.)
I honestly love the variety I have found since having to quit going to studio classes! It makes trying to get fit after baby so much more attainable. I also frequently work out with a friend or my husband and that makes it fun too. (Sometimes I treat my 10th grade students to a round of calf-raises when they’re looking snoozy.)
Let us know what your favorite postpartum workout is, whether on your own or with baby!