I’ve never enjoyed working out. It always seems like another task to try to fit into my busy day. Year after year, my new year resolutions have always included “workout 3 times a week’’ only to find myself doing a lot of sitting through the winter months. My saving grace has been my healthy eating habits. Healthy eating and I believe genetics have kept me from gaining weight despite lack of exercise and a love of sweets.
As I age, I know that regular exercise as a part of my life will have many benefits.I want to be able to increase my energy and maintain a healthy weight. I also have a new motivation. I want to encourage my son to stay fit and active as well. I want to lead by example.
Surprisingly for me, I was very committed to some form of exercise during my pregnancy. Once the morning sickness subsided, I became committed to incorporating exercise in my routine. I enjoyed long walks with my husband after work. We both enjoyed the time together to chat about the pregnancy and the baby while getting some exercise. I participated in weekly prenatal yoga classes. I learned birthing and breathing techniques to aid me on the big day while stretching and strengthening my muscles safely. I even did a prenatal cardio class until my 30th week of pregnancy where I broke into a sweat and felt great.
In my postnatal phase, I did a lot of walking once I was cleared by my midwife. Since then, in the six months post delivery and I haven’t seen the inside of a gym or fitness class once.
I thought I would be able to easily transition into working out as I had during my pregnancy. That has not been the case. At first, I was too tired from the constant night feeding, then too tired, well, just because being a parent is tiring! I did a mom and baby stroller cardio fitness for four few weeks while the weather was accommodating for babies. Since then… nothing. Now I can fully admit that I lost the motivation. I lost the pregnancy weight I gained, lest a lovely small addition to my stomach area. I kept hoping that through the healthy eating and breastfeeding it would magically disappear on its own, but it still with me. Truth be told, I want it gone.
As the year draws to an end, I know the winter months will make it even harder to regain the desire to workout. I want to make a change and I want to do it now. This has led to me try to plan ahead and look for ideas to end the year on a good fitness feeling to roll into 2017.
Here are some of the ways we can all incorporate exercise in our day:
- Be flexible. There will be good days when you can get in a great workout and days where baby just doesn’t allow it. Make a weekly goal instead of a daily goal to allow for changes.
- Ensure your partner is on board. Baby will always need someone to care for him and having a partner on board means you will have help and that he or she understands your fitness goal.
- Do it when you don’t feel like it. Its always better than you think it is once you get started.
- Start thinking positively about exercise. Acknowledge negative thoughts about fitness and working out and being to replace them with positive thoughts.
I will work hard on number 4, to no longer see fitness as a burden but as an essential part of my health, and the health of my family members.
Here are some fitness affirmations to start with:
- I enjoy workout out. I love the energy it give me.
- I am focused and committed to fitness.
- Each workout brings me closer to my goals.
Stay turned for updates on what exercises to do on your own or with your family.