What makes me qualified to post this information, you might be asking yourself. Well, I consider myself a "career" athlete in training, per say. I did my first race when I was in college, my first marathon just after graduating, and I haven't stopped training (save for the times I was pregnant, or had the smack-down from my RE to slow down) since. With my first pregnancy, I ran until 32 weeks, with this pregnancy I was 35 weeks when I stopped running. I think it's incredibly important to be a healthy example for your kids. When you're constantly training, you also have to think of your body as a machine, instead of just eating whatever you want. I know lots of tricks to lose fat & gain muscle, in all the right places. Am I an expert, not by trade, but I think I do a heck of a good job training my body, even at 33 after 2 kids. Plus, it definitely helps when you know the biology behind nutrition.
These pix below are of me at 6 months pregnant, the second is before a race
So here it is...
TIP #1 to be a Healthier Mommy: Make Workout Time a Priority in your New Life!
The excuse many moms give when trying to get healthy during or after pregnancy is, "I don't have time". Sorry, folks...that's a load of crap!!!! I get it, pregnancy makes you exhausted, and being a new parent...that's a whole new level of exhaustion. I've been there! I'm still there (DD is only 3.5 months old). Then when you have multiple LOs, you are spread thin. I get it! But, there is ALWAYS a way.
Will you be able to workout 7 days a week? No!
Will you be able to workout as long/hard as you used to with a clear head? Absolutely not! You will always have your LO in the back of your mind, and that ever-present mommy guilt (we all have it and it sucks!). But, mommy's guilt aside, you WILL BE A BETTER MOMMY if you make time.
Can you still train for races/events? Absolutely!
How, you might be asking me?! There is always a way. For a new mommy, especially those that work outside the home, it's hard to convince yourself it isn't selfish to hit the gym after work and miss precious time with your LO. I agree, that's a hard argument to win. But, why do we have to workout outside the home? Or, could you incorporate your LO into your workout?! Here's the beauty of being a Healthy Mommy, you don't have to choose just one option. I suggest you "mix it up". Go to the gym a time or two (or just on the weekends when you have your SO's help). And try some of these options too...
My personal favs: Jillian's 30 Day Shred, P90X, 10 minute solutions: Rapid Results Pilates, Tight on Time: Hotspots, Be a Knockout with Kendra, Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones, or some "workout with baby" options.
Strollerfit chapter and join. With DS, this was a savior. When I went back to work, I would pick up DS, change my clothes and feed him, then set off WITH my baby to an outdoor fitness class. I didn't have to give up the special time I had with him after work, I got to meet other mommies, and I got fit. Bonus! I believe they also have Baby Bootcamp, as another option out there.
Have questions? Leave me a comment, and I'll be glad to respond.
Stay tuned for my next Healthy Mommy tip...