The thought of working out after giving birth is probably the last thing you want to think about, despite the fact that since day 1 postpartum you already started thinking “how/when do I get my old body back?”
Since you just accomplished one of the hardest tasks on earth, birth, then you know it would not have happened without patience and persistence. As soon as I completed three months postpartum, I knew I was FINALLY ready to start getting back on track with my fitness goals. I know it is difficult to know where to start, so I thought I would share my current postnatal fitness routine.
I have always enjoyed working out, but I was never consistent. Over the past two months or so, I have been really dedicating my time to working out and actually sticking to a fitness routine. I am not a guru or expert by any means, so I hope this post does not come off that way (just sharing my own knowledge and experiences). My biggest fitness goal from the start was to get stronger, tone up my muscles and feel good about certain areas of my body. It is amazing how bearing a child can change your entire body (let us not forget to mention the stretch marks and cellulite). I’m already noticing such a huge difference in my body, so it makes me happy knowing that my fitness routine is actually working (they say it takes 21 days to turn tasks into a habit & 6 weeks for you to see results from working out!).
Currently, I workout every day of the week. I know that might seem extreme to some, but for me I really enjoy my workout time since it is the only time I can really call “me time” as I mentally escape from the daily responsibilities. Even though sometimes I get super lazy, I still try my best to fit in some sort of workout. Mentally, I attempt to give up, so I take two steps backwards to move one step forward – patience and persistence to reach the end goal.
See my fitness routine below.
Monday: Cardio Day
Tuesday: Full Body Workout
Wednesday: Cardio Day
Thursday: Full Body Workout
Friday: Cardio Day
Saturday: Mix of Cardio & Full Body Workout
Sunday: Cardio Day
You might think I am crazy for working out every single day, but keep in mind that I used to work out 4-5 days a week prenatal and have been super excited to start again. I am still far from reaching my goals, but it is an amazing feeling to know that getting fit has motivated me to push towards my goals even more – it has become a hobby! The best advice I can give if you are starting to work out after a long time is to identify what your goals are and do what you love; it will make working out so much fun! Also, do not forget that 80% of your fitness goal is based on your diet, so make sure you eat healthy (note: its okay to spoil yourself occasionally) and most importantly stay hydrated! Remember, you do not need to go over your limit to reach your goals; it is all about staying focused and determined!
What is your postnatal fitness goal? Leaner tummy? Stronger body? Also, if you would like to know what my exactly what my workouts are, then let me know in the comments below!