Re-thinking Fitness Post Mamahood
Integrating fitness post-partum has been a challenge. The last time I stepped foot into a gym was 8 years ago; and trying to fit a formal exercise routine into my everyday schedule? Well, that has nearly been impossible, the more kids I have. I run because it's flexible and requires little to no equipment; and the cost of my bike is less than a gym membership. Weights? My 30-lb toddler is my resistance, right? The Xtracycle is my cardio machine. This has worked exceptionally well for returning to pre-baby shape except for strengthening my core and losing the last 8 pounds. I have struggled with these two areas after each child, and now that I am done with procreating, there are no more excuses. It's time to get serious.
When the VitaminWater Zero opportunity arose to have an at-home workout session with Brad Boggs, I definitely knew what needed the most work - my separated stomach muscles. To be honest though, the thought of meeting with a personal trainer was intimidating. I had preconceived notions formed in my head. I feared that Brad would be channeling Jillian Michaels. I was afraid of the getting a drill sergeant, though maybe that's what it takes these days to get serious about getting into shape. Nervousness aside, the session was great. You can see a snippet of Olivia and my at-home workout session below. Brad actually turned out to be one of the nicest people I've met. He put some time into researching separated stomach muscles and tailored our workout to strengthening the core. Don't get me wrong, being nice didn't mean being easy! Best of all, the exercises - a combination of planks, crunches, and push ups (ugh!) could be done at home. Now that I feel more confident on working my stomach muscles, I still need help on the trimming the last 8 pounds. What has worked well for you? Any advice for other mamas on getting back into shape post-partum?