Jon and I both love leading an active lifestyle. We are members of a gym, walk the neighborhood as much as we can, and attempt to make healthy choices when it comes to food. I say attempt because we love to indulge and that's one of the main reasons I workout...to eat what I want. As much as I would love to eat Chick Fila everyday for lunch and cheesy enchiladas and guacamole every night for dinner, that's not reality. I workout so I don't feel guilty about eating carbs at every meal or having a small dessert every night. I want to set a good example for my son and show him that being active and choosing to eat healthy only does positive things for your life.
I worked out most of my pregnancy (read how working out changed during pregnancy here) and assumed I'd go right back to where I was pre baby after he was born. Ford's birth story was unexpected and I had no idea it would take my body so long to heal. I had no desire to be active and I was practically inhaling food since I was feeding my baby so often. And that was okay. A friend once told me about the "4th trimester of pregnancy". A time to get to know your baby, allow your body to heal, and try to figure out this new life of yours (do we ever really figure it out?!). The last thing on my mind for the first few months postpartum was working out. It was around Thanksgiving that I finally started to feel like myself. Breastfeeding was going well and I no longer had to hunch over to protect my healing c section wounds. I started taking longer walks around the neighborhood and felt ready to be active again. I wasn't ready to go to the gym though. It would take baby steps for me to feel physically and emotionally ready to go back, and again... that was okay. I picked up a few DVDs along with some hand weights and a weighted jump rope that way I could get a great workout from the comfort of my own home.
I loved being able to workout at home and still do! I could plop Ford in the swing and he would enjoy watching me bounce around while getting in a great workout. If a certain move was uncomfortable, I could stop without feeling embarrassed leaving a class at the gym. I could workout at my own convenience and at my own pace. Working out at home was a great way to prepare my body for returning back to the gym when Ford was 6 months (and old enough for the childcare). I never knew I could get such a kick butt workout at home... you haven't experienced pain until you've met a Jillian Michaels DVD! Now my goal is to go to the gym 3 times a week, it is a great mama break during the day. And even though I have my membership, there are weeks I can't work it into our schedule so I choose to workout at home, saving myself the 40 minutes round trip in the car. It's already getting pretty hot here in Texas so I prefer cardio indoors rather than the blistering heat. Lately I've been using my weighted jump rope and different online routines for a quick 10-15 minute cardio burst!
Our kitchen is currently under reno so for the sake of chaos, we snapped these outside!
The weighted jump rope has 4 removable weights allowing you to add up to 12 oz extra weight. It's adjustable which is perfect for my short stature and the handles are extra comfortable to grasp while I'm dying in pain.
Any other recommendations for videos, DVDs, equipment for getting a great workout at home?
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