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 🙂