Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Post Baby Fitness Goals

This Thursday is my 6 week postpartum appointment, which means that assuming all is well I'll be cleared to work out again. I know I will experience a whole new level of challenges as I get back into a workout routine, but I figure motivation should not be one of them. I don't have any illusions that I'm going to be doing hardcore exercise 6 days a week, but I do have some definite goals. 

I should also mention, the doctor said it was okay for me to resume walking and yoga when I felt ready, so I've already been walking with Max and I went to my first yoga class this past Sunday. Yoga went really well- it was so much easier than doing it with a huge stomach in the way! When it has been nice enough to get outside, walking has gone well too. But yesterday I decided to walk on the treadmill and I realized just HOW slow I really have to walk at the moment. So, that was a good reality check about just how slowly I'm going to have to take things in the next few weeks or possibly longer. In case you are wondering what I mean by slow… I walked for 20 minutes and did not make it a mile. So slow :) 


Short Term Fitness Goals

1. Walk 4 times per week. I'm hoping at least 2 of these walks can be done outside, but I also have a treadmill in my house so this is the type of thing I can do with Max in the Ergo or sitting nearby in his Rock and Play :) I imagine most of my walks will be about 20 minutes long, and slow. 

2. Swim 1-2 times per week, assuming the doctor clears me for this. I'm not too worried about getting back into swimming since I swam regularly throughout pregnancy. However, the logistics of swimming will be more difficult because I obviously do not have a pool in my house (though that would be amazing!). I'll try to get one swim in on the weekend when Eric is home and then another either after school or when my mom watches Max. 

3. Yoga 1 time per week. Again, physically this should be fine but logistically a bit more difficult. However, there is always at home yoga for weeks I can't make it to the studio. There is also Baby and Me yoga that I want to try. 


Next Month or So

1. Begin a super slow version of Couch to 5K. By that I mean, I'll probably only do it 2x per week, and I may repeat some weeks if necessary. I'm really not sure how running is going to go so I'll just be flexible with this goal. 

2. Slowly resume some core exercises, again- if I'm cleared by the doctor to do this. 


In 2014

1. Complete at least 1 Sprint Triathlon. This means I'll have to get on a bike again which honestly scares me given how much the bike hurts my butt anyway, forget about after having a baby. Ha. Also, I'm having visions of myself pumping in the car 10 minutes before the start. Good times. 

2. Try a Pure Barre class. I've been wanting to for awhile and my yoga studio offers them now, so there is no excuse not to. 

I know I'm bound to encounter some new challenges with working out, but both my parents were great models of making exercise a priority even with kids, so I know it can be done. 

What are your fitness goals for 2014? 


  1. Good luck! I did walk a lot after Isla and it was the best form of exercise for me for awhile. 3 months post isla is when I restarted couch to 5k and I had zero problems besides a screaming baby that wouldn't take a bottle while I was gone and 80 plus degrees in the middle of august pre me having a treadmill. Most of my lack of working out comes from being flipping tired and time constraints. I'm trying to make this a better year though and have been working out a lot more recently and eating better. But I'm still flipping tired and I have to give something up in exchange of making breakfasts and lunches ahead of time and working out and that has been reading and blogging and I'm kinda sad about that.

  2. I actually think a barre class would be PERFECT for a new mom. It's definitely strength training, but very very low impact. And I actually found it much less strenuous than yoga even but it definitely got the small muscles in my body working!

    Glad you're slowly getting back to exercise - just keep taking it slow and do what feels right!

  3. I'm excited for you to get back to working out again! And not just so we can go swimming together :) I think you set really realistic goals, so hoping all is clear with the doc!!

  4. The last two months have been start/stop with my workout routines so this week, I set a goal to get in 3, 30-minute workouts. Sounds minimal, but for me it's a good start. My goal by early April is to be up to 5, 30-45 minute workouts, and then to build from there. I love how I feel when I workout and I know it's essential for my health and mental well being.

    Sounds like you have great goals and plans! I haven't heard much about the Barre classes but they sound cool :)

  5. I hope that your doctor cleared you to exercise at your appointment! Also, I can't believe it's already been 6 weeks!! Wow, time flies! I hope that your body allows you to achieve your fitness goals. I know the feeling of having goals but being uncertain if your body is going to allow you to achieve those goals.

    My fitness goals for 2014 are to continue to build my running mileage, get to the point where I can do some upper body strength training, and to train for and run a half marathon.

  6. I think it's great that you're being thoughtful about your fitness goals and breaking them up into short term and longer term goals. Flexibility really will be key. And, even if/when you begin swimming/running/biking with some regularity, it still might look very different than pre-pregnancy.

    I *think* my fitness goal this year is to run a 1/2 marathon this fall. We shall see...