Let’s be honest after becoming a mom everything changes. My time is not my own anymore. All the free time I had to workout when I wanted to is no longer.
After having a baby I had to wait a couple months before I could start any physical activity. At least eight weeks after having a C-section but I tried to do too much to fast after that. I ran a half marathon 4 months postpartum, it was the most difficult painful run I have ever done. Lesson learned and I will never make that mistake again. Once I was healing and feeling better it was time for me to go back to work.
Managing my new family life and work life left literally no “me time”.
I tried to workout the way I did before having a baby and I failed, I don’t have that kind of time any more. Well, I came to the conclusion I need to figure out what would work in my “new normal”. That meant being flexible, spontaneous and always being ready!
What always be ready meant:
- Waking up early to run on my own while the rest of the house is still sleeping. Be willing to sacrifice a little sleep to run a few miles in peace.
- Getting whole family together to run with me. If the early morning run didn’t happen, don’t throw in the towel. Pack up the stroller and get out there!
- Being flexible with my workout plan. Things come up, kids need to run around too. So go to the park, lung and squat for your life while the kids are playing.
- Signing up for races to give me something to have to train for. Race day is my “me time”, no baby, no stroller, no stopping for anything, its all about me!
- Going to group workouts. That takes more pre-planning, but I love them too. Going on my own or with friends to a spin,yoga class or boot camp class.
- At home workout are a good options also. They can be done anytime of the day or night. I have been known to run around the house to get my 10, 000 step a day.
- While at work I will walk outside and have physical activity competitions with co-workers to keep each other motivated. Such as tracking who has the most steps each day or Plank Challenge to see who can hold the plank position the longest.
- Just getting outside and going for a walk to enjoy the nice weather and get fresh air. If the weather is bad there is always an indoor shopping center or mall to go to.
- Or take your kid to a children’s venue and chase them around, they get tired and you get a workout. Everyone will nap later!
These are just little tricks that work for me. Do I wish I could work out more? Of course I do! Everyone has different work schedules, lifestyles and responsibilities so being willing and able to incorporate activity whenever you can is the key (along with eating healthy and drinking lots of water). It’s all about being open minded, flexible and keep moving.
Everyone’s journey is different, run your race!