Week One (Times Two?)
It feels so good to be restarting my health and fitness journey. Now nine weeks postpartum, I waited until my body felt fully healed from my emergency c-section before attempting exercise.
My first run was surprisingly impressive considering I’d stopped running early in my pregnancy. I chose a short, easy local loop to run in my neighbourhood, took a steady pace and walked when needed. I felt great at the time, but the next morning (and for the rest of the week) I endured serious abdominal DOMS.
They. Were. On. Fire.
After not using my core muscles for so long, the pain reminded me that I still needed to take things slowly. So I took the rest of the week off, stretching daily and heading out on afternoon walks with my little guy in the pushchair.
Technically that was week one, but it doesn’t make for great reading (or results!) so I’m counting the below as the actual week one of my postpartum fitness journey. So, how did the week look?
Saturday: Run & family walk
Sunday: Run & family walk
Monday: Long family walk & lower body home workout
Tuesday: Short run & family walk
Wednesday: Long family walk
Thursday: Upper body workout & long walk
Friday: Rest day
Making It Work
Due to the Covid19 lockdown, my usual preference for weight lifting at the gym has been sidelined, instead replaced with home workouts and local running routes. Thankfully, I have my Wellness Workouts from the classes I taught last spring, so I’m using those to ease myself back in with bodyweight exercises and resistance bands.
Being an advocate of building strong bodies and minds, my Wellness Workouts help me to maintain a positive mindset and practice self-love. For me right now, that means listening to my body, not judging or comparing my results with my previous days’ performance, and resting when I need to.
Having a newborn means I don’t know how much sleep I’ll get each day or when I’ll have time to exercise, so it’s important to go with the flow and enjoy the journey.
The other vital element to my first week back is nutrition. Although I maintained a mostly healthy diet during pregnancy, I also turned to chocolate bars for a quick burst of energy, and convenience dinners that were quick to make but not as nutritious.
Before Week One began, I spent some time researching lunch and dinner ideas to get inspired to cook again. With my other half working from home during the lockdown, it’s been nice to prepare meals for us both rather than the old classic lunch box serving of sandwiches, crisps and a yoghurt or fruit snack. The baby also loves being strapped into his carrier, so it’s a win-win!
Overall, I feel much lighter and less bloated, which makes it look like I’ve already lost weight! In the coming weeks, I’ll skew my ratio of strength training with cardio. But for the moment, my main priority is eating clean and burning fat. (I’m also conscious of not overdoing the workouts in case I can’t carry my baby confidently afterwards!)