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Working out during the early postpartum months is a super humbling experience. I just got cleared to work out a little over a week ago. I’ve been so eager to get back into shape so I literally started working out the day I got cleared, haha. But it wasn’t all easy peasy. I found myself constantly modifying the exercises, breathing harder, and taking longer breaks. Here’s what I’ve learned this time around:
- Let go of pride: I mean you literally just brought a human being into the world, it’s okay to modify your work out! Listen to your body. Being a Pure Barre instructor and dance teacher for years, I always pushed my clients and my students to their limits. Modifying work outs was not an option for me then. For now, it’s whatevs… yes, I’m that girl on her knees during forearm plank and the one taking longer water breaks 🙂
- Take a workout class: There is something about working out with a group of people that is extremely motivating. It must be the energy every one gives off but I’m definitely able to push myself harder in group classes.
- Plan to go to the gym with a friend: You are less likely to skip out on a workout when someone else is counting on you to be there. Yesterday, I barely had any sleep but since I planned to take a morning workout class with a friend, I ended up going. And you know what, I felt great after! I just ended up taking a nap with the babies later in the afternoon.
- Buy new workout gear: Anyone else feel like working out because of cute new workout clothes? I sure do! So splurge a little and give yourself a “push present” or two or maybe even three lol. I mean I’d rather spend money on new workout clothes than actual clothes right now until I get back to my pre-baby shape.
Read my Preggo Fitness Confessions from awhile ago here 🙂
Hadasah Love (Style to Love) says
I loved this post my dear, keep up the good work!!!!
With love, Hadasah
Thanks Hadasah! <3
You look amazing, Raina! It’s so true that you have to allow yourself to take some longer breaks – you just had a tiny human being and that’s incredible! Easing yourself back into fitness is the perfect approach 🙂
Thanks so much Quinn!! xo
Rachael Burgess says
You look so great! I can’t believe you had a baby so recently… Right now I feel like I will have NO motivation to work out after this baby. I hope that changes… xoxox
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Aw thanks so much Rachael! Don’t worry, I didn’t have the motivation to work out until a week or 2 before my postnatal appointment! 😉 xo
You look great!
Thanks Nani! 🙂
You look great!!!!
Was debating on skipping a work out today. Reading this post has given me motivation. 30 minute HIT here I come!
11 months post baby. These last 5 pounds are the toughest! Thank You for this blog!
Aw thanks so much Sofia! I’m glad this post motivated you to workout! Get it mama!!! <3
Danielle Colding says
Love this post and encouragement! I was starting working out again this week since baby was born. it’s def not pretty, but I know it will get better!!
Dani, thanks so much!! You are a rockstar, mama! It will definitely get better. I’m in the same boat! Lol.
Thats so great you are jumping right into it! You look amazing
Thank you Laura!! xo
Thanks for sharing these tips! I’m trying to get myself into great shape, hoping that it will help my body bounce back after we start a family in a year or so. You look absolutely amazing, I only hope I could look as good as you!
Aw thanks Madeleine! You are too kind! I’m sure you will look great! Working out before getting pregnant and during pregnancy will definitely help with bouncing back after 🙂
Jessie @ Chasing Belle says
Great tips for ladies like myself getting ready for pregnancy. So inspirational and down to earth 🙂 Great blog!