I feel like I need to begin this post with a couple of disclaimers.
- I know that postpartum recovery can be difficult and that I really have no idea what to expect. I’m planning to take the time I need, listen to my doctor, and listen to my body. My top priority of course will be my baby boy and we’ll see what ends up being realistic.
- There’s a big push right now to decrease the emphasis on postpartum fitness and “getting your body back”. While I do agree with this and think there shouldn’t be any pressure on new mothers, especially from outside sources, I also know that given my family history and my predisposition to weight gain, it is something that’s important to me. For me, it’s about health, not physical appearance. And besides, I miss my workouts.
- Yes, this is what I’ve been thinking about this week instead of finishing my assignments for school like I said I would.
Anyway, here’s what I’m looking forward to when I’m cleared for exercise next year:
Jazzercise: I can’t wait to be back on stage teaching! I’m hoping that since I’ve taken class throughout my pregnancy the transition back will be easier. I’m also looking forward to doing the 35 Day Challenge again (30 classes in 35 days-I completed it both last year and this year).
Weight lifting: You might remember earlier this year, I was excited to start taking my favorite weights class again after the 35 Day Challenge but was advised against it when I found out I was pregnant. Then when my blood pressure was high, one of the doctors told me to stop lifting weights entirely. I didn’t completely listen and continued to do the strength portion of Jazzercise but with much lighter weights than normal. I’m looking forward to upping my weights again, taking Group Power at least a few times a month, and hopefully teaching Strength45 again (it depends on if there’s a class available for me to teach).
Running: Running and I have a love/hate relationship but I’m excited to do races again. Training for a half marathon won’t be feasible with a baby and school but I think 10ks will be a good distance for me. I’ve already found some stroller-friendly options in the summer and my dad mentioned running the BolderBoulder in May (Like how I publicly committed you, Dad? 😉 My 2016 BolderBoulder recap is here). I’ve read that returning to running after pregnancy can be difficult so I’m planning to give myself plenty of time on this one.
If I can figure out a way to get some yoga in too, that’d be great but I know I’ll have to wait and see how things work out. I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it to group fitness classes (Jazzercise and Group Power) for the majority of my workouts because that’s my favorite way to workout but am open to at-home workouts too if that’s what I need to do. Whatever happens, I’ll be sure to let you know; it will be nice to have some workouts to post about again-you know, in between all the baby pictures that are coming!
Any tips on returning to exercise postpartum? Or on postpartum recovery in general?