During my pregnancy I ate healthy and exercised. I continued to practice “regular” yoga classes until the end of the second trimester at which point I came to terms with the size of my ever-growing belly and started attending pre-natal classes. At that point I went to pre-natal yoga about three times a week. I also swam about twice a week from August until the week before I gave birth, and I walked a lot during pregnancy. Here’s my experience with postpartum fitness.
My Pregnancy Experience
I was happy to stay active during pregnancy, but as someone who is used to much more intense workouts, pregnancy was a humbling experience. I could not do everything I wanted to do, and the intensity of my workouts did take a dive. Fast forward three months and on the outside, many people have commented I look the same as I did pre-baby. They are right. I have no baby weight to lose. Yay!
However, I am nowhere near the same in terms of fitness level as I was a year ago. My abs and back are especially weak. My arms and legs are finally starting to gain strength but I can barely run half a mile without getting winded.
Working Out After Baby
Working out at home is not my first choice but it’s a smart choice for me right now. I have been using some of my old favorites (Jane Fonda workouts) and some new workouts such as the PiYO DVD set by Chalene Johnson. I go to the gym and run on the treadmill and lift weights when I can. As soon as the icy sidewalks clear up I hope to run outside. I am a fair weather runner, and usually like the temperature to be above freezing.
Postpartum Working Out
I also signed up for the Cleveland 10-Miler in April. I have run this race two times and it is one of my favorites. It’s also actually the last race I ran (in 2014) after which I took a long break from running. I would like to get back to running because it’s nearly free to do (with the exception of buying running shoes), and I can do it anywhere.
My goal for the 10-Miler is to complete it. I am not working on breaking my old time or anything. I just wanted to have one race on my plate, which would provide me a simple postpartum fitness goal to work toward.