Post pregnancy workouts: Including baby in exercise!
Fit pregnancy blog: post-pregnancy workout
We are catching up with Sia from Diary of a Fit Mommy! After an incredibly fit pregnancy she is now enjoying workouts with her baby boy – here is Sia's latest blog with advice for including your baby into your workouts! So fun!
On February 4th, I gave birth and it was the most remarkable experience of my life. Though my body will never be the exact same, I am so happy about what it's done to create life and the strides that I have taken to improve my postpartum body.
I have been pretty fit for most of my life and enjoyed a fit pregnancy I turned that notch up even higher and I ate pretty clean for the most part. I did have my little indulgences here and there; especially, during my second trimester when all I wanted was chips & queso!
Once I gave birth, my world was turned upside down! I was so used to being on a schedule, but then I realize that the schedule that I once had was simply not going to work anymore-I was on my son's time. But hey, I wouldn't have had it any other way! However, this meant that I had to create a new plan of attack.
Shortly after I had given birth, I lost the 30lbs that I had gained during pregnancy, but my body was still soft and the definition that I once had was far from sight. I didn't start working out hardcore till around 12 weeks postpartum, though I was given the clear at six weeks. Why? Life got in the way: my husband had to have surgery, we had to make a 9 hour trip to his hometown for a family emergency, and then we decided to move into a bigger home. As you can see, working out was the last thing on my mind.
Once things finally settled down, I created a home gym consisting of an ab bench, two medicine balls, a battle rope, a fitness ball, two kettlebells, a dumbbell, resistance bands, and yoga mats and I created a plan. Since I knew the gym was not an option anymore, I decided to improvise and workout from home as my son slept. But... as you can imagine, even that did not always go according to plan.
So, what did I do? I incorporated him into my workouts! This way, I killed two birds with one stone and we had a blast, together, and I toned up slowly, but surely. I even take him out for runs in our jogging stroller and even created a stroller workout! I have learned that when you are crunched for time, you must get creative.
Here is what I do in my home gym, weekly, before my son wakes up (if I am lucky, but I do change things up very often):
Monday: Abs (crunches, situps, russian twists w/medicine ball) + 15 minute jog with jogging stroller
Tuesday: Legs (sumo squats, kettlebell squats, walking lunges)
Wednesday: Abs (plank, side plank, leg lifts) + 15 minute jog with jogging stroller
Thursday: Legs (wall sit, side lunges, butt kicks, high knees)
Friday: Arms (tricep dips, pushups, plank, dumbbell curls, kettlebell swings)
He enjoys watching and learning, but sometimes I will even incorporate him into my yoga days.
My favorite exercises for total body workouts that I like to do each morning upon waking up (since I LOVE high interval intensity training) are:
- 20 Burpees
- 30 Mountain Climbers
- 20 Jump Squats
- 30 Jumping Jacks
- 20 Plank Jacks
I am still currently breast feeding and I try to improvise even when little one gets hungry. Multi-tasking is a mom's best friend!
Inspired to stay fit through pregnancy? Download our Fit Pregnancy exercise guide below for workout tips and advice for your healthy pregnancy!