January 30, 2015

Postpartum Fitness Goals

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sears. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

During my pregnancy, staying active was very important to me. It helped me to feel my best and gave me energy (which is hard to come by when you are pregnant). I have to credit my dog Jaxen for getting me up each and every morning and walking with me. There were days when I didn't want to exercise that he guilted me into it and I am so glad he did!
37 weeks pregnant walk  
Since having Adalyn, exercise is still very important to me but it is definitely harder to fit in some days. With Troy and I leaving the house around 7-7:30 each morning for work, fitting in exercise is tougher, especially after a bad night of sleep. 

Lately, I have not been feeling my best. I feel run-down and like I need a boost. Along with a healthier diet, I think that exercise is helping me to feel better again.

On the treadmill early morning

These are some of my postpartum fitness goals:
-Exercise 6-7 days per week- Exercise for me can include as little as 15 minutes of walking so I try to fit it in almost every day during the week.

-Lift weights at least 2 days per week- I feel awesome when I do some strength training along with cardio and it helps me feel strong. Carrying around a growing baby can make you sore so lifting weights helps.

-When the weather is decent, walk outside- With it being January in Michigan, some days are only around 10 degrees which in my opinion, is too cold to walk outside. When the weather is about 30 degrees or more, I want to get in a walk outside. Something about the fresh air makes me feel so much better than walking on the treadmill.

-Run, maybe?- This goal is still up in the air for me. Before I was pregnant, I was running up to 8 miles at a time. I ran every other day, was running races and really enjoyed it. I am not sure if I want to get back into running at this time. While it is fun, it also takes a lot of commitment. I have been running short amounts like 1/2 mile to 1 mile at a time. I may get back into running more but want to wait until the weather is nicer and I can run outside. Treadmill running is way too boring to run 3+ miles to me.  

-Regain ab strength- I have been doing a bit of planks and ab exercises and I want to increase this. For some reason, ab work is hard for me to do. Once it starts hurting, I want to quit. I want to do some ab work at least 2 days per week.

Post workout at my parent's farm
-Exercise with my mom and sister- I love, love, love exercising with other people. I am so blessed that my mom and sister live just 1/2 mile away. When the weather is nice, we walk outside a lot together. Sometimes when it is cold, my sister and I workout in my parent's basement which has 2 treadmills, some handheld weights, etc. Once the weather is a bit nicer, I want to restart exercising frequently together. This is one of my favorite things to do of all time.

-Walk with Adalyn- Since Adalyn was a few days old, I have been taking her on walks. I want to teach her that exercise is important. I want her to love her body and exercise for health, not to get skinny. 

My main reason to exercise is for mental health. Especially in the winter, if I just sit around and do not get some movement in, I feel terrible and go a little crazy. Despite being short on time, it is important to fit in exercise once you have a baby. It will help you feel your best and look good too.

Sears has a neat program called FitStudio where you can earn Shop Your Way points for working out. You can cash those points in to save money at Sears and Kmart. You can connect your fitness tracking device or app to earn the points. I currently use Endomondo which is an app that tracks my workouts. This would be helpful to connect to FitStudio to earn points off my purchases. FitStudio can help me to meet and exceed my postpartum fitness goals.

FitStudio offers workouts on their site which is great if you need an idea of what kind of exercises to do. I find workout videos motivational because if I just do exercises on my own, sometimes I want to end it early but with a video, the instructor can help you keep going just a bit longer!

They also have gear reviews which help you to make an informed decision if you are looking to purchase some fitness equipment such as a treadmill or ellipticalBy having 5,000 points, you can earn $5 in pints by burning 1500 calories or walking or running 15 miles this year. They have #Achieve15 tips on social media to help your reach these goals. 

What are some of your fitness and health goals this year?

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