Wow, is it really Thursday already? The weeks go by in a blink of an eye lately. It’s busy and hectic over here these days. Building a house is waaaay more time-consuming than I ever could have predicted. It’s like a full-time job. Seriously.
If only this was a home blog, I’d have all kinds of topics to share with you. There’s a reason I stick to food, health, and parenting topics, though. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to the home stuff. I wish I had a full-time consultant to research for me and help me choose all my finishes. Instead, I have to cross my fingers and hope I don’t break every design rule out there as I try to pick colors and finishes that don’t clash. Aaaah!
Onto the topic at hand.
I figure it’s time I do a postpartum exercise update. Despite my busy schedule, I am finding time to squeeze in some workouts. And when I say squeeze in, I mean it. There are no 10 mile runs or long, luxurious gym visits happening. Yes, I do think a long visit to the gym would be a luxury right now. Even busy moms can fit in workouts, though. Here’s what I’m loving in my fitness routine now:
A few readers recommended bodyrock.tv to me when I first started working out after having Luke. It took me a while to check it out, but I’m so glad I did! This website is a free website that offers short, intense workouts. By short, I mean 12 minutes. Yes, you can get a great workout in in 12 minutes. I never would have believed it, but you can. In those 12 minutes I’m sweaty, my heart rate gets up, and it makes my muscles sore. Short, but intense. That’s the key. These little 12 minute circuit-style workouts are perfect for my schedule right now and I noticed my body getting more toned very quickly after starting these.
2. Running 1-2 times a week
I still love running, so I try to get a run in 1-2 times a week. Mostly I’m sticking to shorter runs, 3-4 miles. I love getting outside to workout and I love the mental break it affords me. Sunshine and fresh air is good for my soul.
3. Not discounting functional fitness
In Healthy at 100, John Robbins discusses the lifestyles of the cultures that have produced the most health and longevity. None of them are known for spending hours running. None lift weights or take spin classes. What they all have in common is a naturally active lifestyle. They don’t sit staring at screens all day. Their day-to-day life activities include walking, lifting things, climbing. Moving. I try to emulate this lifestyle by not sitting too much during the day and just being naturally active in my normal activities. I choose to walk when I can, take the stairs, run up the stairs instead of walk, actually play with the kids. I don’t think this type of lifestyle gets enough credit in America. I highly recommend Robbin’s book, by the way. It’s fascinating.
4. Not letting myself feel guilty
If I don’t get a chance to workout, I am trying to not let it weigh on me. I remember what I described in #3, in that I am working to have a naturally active lifestyle whether I get a formal workout in or not. Life is too short to feel guilty over things like working out.
Overall, I am feeling great at 10 months post-pregnancy. My weight has actually dropped a bit below my pre-pregnancy weight. Most importantly, I’m feeling good. My clothes are fitting, I have energy, and I’m happy. I can’t believe in less than 2 months my baby boy will be a 1 year old!
It’s rare for me to get a photo that is good of both kids. Since I was talking about Luke, he got to be the one looking good in this pic. 🙂 Look for his 10-month update coming soon!