Welcome to the #FITMOM series on Carrots ‘N’ Cake! With the New Year upon us and lots of mom readers in the mix, 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!
After Chase was born, I took 6 weeks off from exercise with the exception of walking. Once I felt okay enough to walk postpartum, I walked around our neighborhood with Chase and my dog every day and LOVED spending time outside with both of them. (This also really helped with cabin fever that can set in when it feels like you’re basically hibernating with a newborn!) After 6 weeks, I searched for gyms in the area with childcare and began working out a Burn Boot Camp. I think taking 6 weeks completely off from exercise other than walking was great and probably just the right amount of time. I could tell immediately when I tried to return to more intense workouts that I needed to build up my strength (especially in my core) and really tried to listen to my body and ease back into fitness.
Once you started your workout routine again, how did you workouts change? What did your new workout schedule look like?
My workouts became much shorter but also more intense over time. I created a bunch of nap time workouts to do at home in 30 minutes or less and discovered Burn Boot Camp and fell in love with the 45-minute class. I used to think I had to work out for an hour for a workout to "count" and now I rarely spend more than 30-45 minutes working out at home or at the gym. I give myself a lot more grace when it comes to my workouts these days and really tried not to put a lot of pressure on myself for the first nine months of Chase's life. Now that he's a bit older, it's definitely easier to keep to a more regular routine and I typically make it to the gym, work up a sweat at home during Chase's nap or head off to a Burn Boot Camp class five(ish) days a week.