Following a rather difficult and painful pregnancy it’s now time to get back to fitness, at the end of my pregnancy I couldn’t even walk. I’m not bothered about losing weight my goals are strengthening my core and improving my mobility.
Here’s my very simple plan
For me the best way to start improving my mobility and getting fit again is to start walking. It’s simple and free and you get the benefits of fresh air as well. Although this may seem a very easy exercise it’s fantastic for post pregnancy as you can start it straight away. As I mentioned during pregnancy I couldn’t walk at all without crutches so even just a small walk is good for me.
I pop the baby in the pram and off we go, just walking around where we live. Now I’m one of these people that needs help with motivation as it’s much more appealing to stay at home watching Daytime TV in the warm with a cup of tea.
I’ve decided to invest in a step tracker so that I can monitor my daily activity and therefore make sure I’m improving over time and challenging myself.
In order to support my back and find my stomach muscles again I am going to start doing Pilates, in fact I did my first class this week, 8 weeks post partum. I did Pilates before pregnancy as it really helped with my back, it’s important to have a strong core as some muscles just don’t work and me stomach muscles help hold my upright.
Pilates is great after pregnancy, it helps you find muscles you’d forgotten you had. It also makes you consider your posture which is important when you have a newborn. We’re all guilty of holding the baby in a funny position and gazing down when we are feeding them, or even just jigging around the house trying to calm them.
By the end of May I want to;
- Walk approx 6000 steps a day without being in agony.
- Be able to push a shopping trolley around a supermarket without putting my back out, turning corners with a full trolley is really painful.
- Hold the baby with the correct posture, at the moment I’m leaning forward or having to bend my knees in order to stand up straight.
- To have stopped the strong pain medication as the exercise will have made me stronger.
What did you do to get back to fitness after pregnancy?