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Family, Fitness

Getting Back In Shape After Baby

It’s exciting to be able to move again. After being restricted from cardio since last October, I was released to workout 6 weeks after having baby #2 in April.

I’ve been exercising again for a solid 2 months, and I feel a lot stronger and almost ready to start teaching fitness classes again. Easing back into fitness with postpartum workouts has been very helpful.

So what have I been doing to get in shape? I’ve been taking postpartum sculpt classes, doing yoga, enjoying dance-based classes, and hitting the weights.

Muscles atrophy fast and weight workouts have really helped me handle the day to day, especially a little one that never wants to be put down. I let my personal weight workouts slide over the last couple of years, and I don’t want it to happen again.

And on the fitness horizon…I’m looking forward to teaching a new baby-wearing dance class starting in September. Luckily I’ve got my own little one to help me practice. 😉  Right now I’m picking out music and practicing the moves while trying to stay out of this summer heatwave.

I’ll share specifics about what I have been doing to get in shape very soon!

 

Fitness

Barriers to Exercise–Exploring why fitness doesn’t fit

You plan to workout. Exercise is on your calendar and you are pumped. But somehow it doesn’t happen today. Maybe tomorrow?

You wake up. Tomorrow is now today. You plan to workout, and then life gets in the way once again.

And you wonder, “How do I break this cycle?”

Of course, breaking the cycle is important, but first let’s figure out how your good exercise intentions keep getting foiled.

For me, it’s a full-time job and a busy toddler that often keep me from exercise. Or when I am traveling and don’t have the time or the space. Daily life gets in the way. It’s always something.

If I don’t make time to workout first thing in the morning, then it is too easy for other commitments to creep up. Most evenings I’m tired and would rather hang out with my family than exercise.

So not making exercise a priority in the morning is my biggest barrier because the morning is when I am most likely to have the time and energy to exercise.

Now that I know my barrier, I can figure out ways to overcome it. That is the first step.

What is keeping you from your workouts? Can you identify what foils your exercise intentions on a regular basis?

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