Working Out at Home (Plus a Toddler)

Whether you’re a stay at home mom, working mom, or work from home mom, chances are you can’t or don’t have much time to do to a legit gym. (And if you do, I’m turning green with jealousy over here). I have grown up riding horses, playing soccer, and generally being active and athletic. So between a PCS/move at four months postpartum, having an active toddler, and navigating the ever-changing rhythms of motherhood, it’s safe to say about fifteen months after having my daughter I was ready to whole-heartedly jump back on the working-out-wagon.

But holy moly, my body had changed so much. It was hard to wrap my head around how out of shape and different my body was. And I think a big reason I kept putting off getting back into regularly working out was because of this. I didn’t know how to adapt workouts. I didn’t how to build up my strength again and how to find the time, energy and motivation to workout. I just was done with excuses. I was the slowest, weakest, fluffiest I had been in 5+ years and that sucked. I no longer had the core and upper body strength from over a decade of riding and training horses. I no longer had any of the stamina or endurance from years and years of soccer. And I hated that. I didn’t want to join a team or drink shakes. Al while I’m not knocking that, I just wanted to find the drive and motivation from me, by me, for me (and well, other reasons).

So here I am, just a SAHM/WAHM trying to find the time and energy to workout during naptime, do yoga after bedtime, and/or maneuver a jogging stroller around a neighborhood while throwing snacks at my toddler and dragging our 70lb lab away from every squirrel before the Florida heat strikes too much after 8am. It’s been a juggling act to say the least, but I am proud of my hard work so far.

Today I’m sharing some tips that have helped me! Everyone (and their preferences and schedules) are SO different, so please take this information as me sharing what works for me. Tweak it, use it, whatever. I am NOT a professional by any means, and of course, consult your doctor before working out postpartum! There are so many great resources out there. I’m sure you’re aware of already on Youtube and Pinterest. Create your own routine with what works for you! My week to week routines change, but I try to keep some form of consistency (i.e, HIIT cardio M/W/F, yoga 4x a week, jogging/walking outside weather permitting 3x a week, things like that!) I know it sounds lame, but getting a Fitbit has also really motivated me.

General things I’ve used/done and enjoyed:

  • Kettlebell (kettlebell by fitify app)
    • Pick up a kettlebell and some dumbells cheap at TJ Maxx or Marshalls! I’ve loved the kettlebell because I like switching it up. I’m definitely the type of person who gets bored doing the same routine over and over again.
  • Resistance bands (Tone It Up Youtube channel, @getmomstrong/instagram)
    • Again, these are great to change things up!
  • Pinterest
    • So many great resources it can actually be overwhelming!
  • Interval workouts
  • Blogilates Monthly Calendars
    • I love these! I’ve been following Casey’s monthly calendar the last few weeks after hitting a plateau with my workouts. The videos challenge me and I like being told exactly what to do on days I don’t feel like thinking up my own workout.
  • Yoga
    • TJ Maxx has affordable yoga mats, or you can use a towel!

Tips:

  1. Switch it up, but have a plan.
  2. Listen to your body, but be disciplined
  3. Weekly goal; look at your schedule for the week and tentatively decide how much of something you want to do. (For example, if you want to do a certain workout MWF, etc)
  4. Time: it’s so important to make time, but also be flexible (cough cough…littles). Whether it’s during nap or when they’re awake, have a plan and make every effort to execute it. NO EXCUSES.  
  5. Outside!!! Involving them in your active time is great. If you live in a neighborhood, go for a walk with them (either stroller or walking). This is an easy option that gets you both outside. It may not be a super intense workout, unless you grab the jogging stroller and go for a run, but you’re still being more active than if you sat on the couch!
  6. Accountability: Whether it’s a friend, your husband, or a Fitbit, get someone or something to keep yourself accountable. It’s wonderful to get fired up and excited about something…for two weeks. Research some habit-making techniques (and how many days it takes to form a habit). It’s gonna start and be difficult in the beginning, but eventually you’ll find your groove and motivation and LOVE of it if you keep with it.

Favorite fitness Youtubers (all free workouts!):

  • Blogilates
  • Tone It Up
  • Yoga with Adriene
    • I’ve done her TRUE 30 Days of Yoga challenge twice now and I love it. It’s great for beginners, it’s great for mamas after bedtime, for finding your strength and remembering to breathe (anyone else a chronic breath-holder, or just me?)

Whatever you do, find your motivation. Realize why you’re doing this and work at it! Start slow and accept that your “journey” will have lots of twists and turns.

…AND THAT THAT’S OKAY.

You can do it, Mama!

 

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