Welcome to the #FITMOM series on Carrots ‘N’ Cake! I wanted to share some Q&As with several of my favorite fitness bloggers, who also happen to be moms. Read on to see how they make fitness a regular part of their lives!
Name: Ashley Wiseman
Children: Hunter – age 4; Reese – age 2
I took about 6 weeks after my son and 4 weeks after my daughter. I wasn’t as active throughout my pregnancy with my son, so I think the longer rest and maternity leave was best at the time. I was quite active with my daughter until the very end of my pregnancy, so my body was feeling good and I was ready to jump into teaching my group fitness classes again after about 4 weeks. (Note: I was sure to get clearance to exercise from my doctor.) I think every pregnancy is so different. It’s important to listen to your body and of course seek your doctor’s approval.
My workout schedule stayed pretty consistent, but I dropped teaching a few of my classes at the gym. It was more important than ever for me to put my family’s needs first. This meant that I still made it a priority to remain active and get in my workouts, but I didn’t spend as much time at the gym as I did before kids. My workouts are all about being short and effective since kids!
Firstly, find something you LOVE! You won’t want to do it if you don’t enjoy it. Also, make it a priority to find something that can accommodate your kids. If you’re looking for a gym or fitness classes, be sure they have good childcare that you feel comfortable with and that your kids enjoy going to as well. If that’s not an option, get a few sets of dumbbells and do your workouts at home. Never underestimate the power of a quick and effective at-home workout! Also, planning your workouts for the week does wonders for accountability! There’s often times I’d much rather put off my workout to do something else, but if it’s in my calendar, I’m more likely to get it done.
My #1 piece of advice is to start small. You don’t have to jump back into super intense or long workouts right away. Just 10-20 minutes per day can make a huge difference in your physical and mental health post baby. And remember, this is a season! Enjoy the baby snuggles and fit in what you can, when you can. It won’t last forever. Soon enough, your kids will be in school and all grown up, and you’ll be missing the baby snuggles!