November 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
Anyone who reads this blog will know how passionate I am about exercise. Which is why the past week has been so weird for me – its almost like i have lost my exercise mojo. Not that this has stopped me, I have been back at gym and running more than ever – just at a slower pace than usual.
I put this down to tiredness, it’s really hard to get yourself motivated to work up a sweat when all you want to do is crawl back into bed for another hour. Our baby isn’t a bad sleeper mind you, he only wakes up twice a night, but it’s still very disruptive to my usually good sleeping pattern. Ah well! It has just meant that I have had to motivate myself more to get going, once I am into a workout it’s fine… it’s just getting going that’s the hard part!
So as I mentioned in the last post, my running has become a lot easier for some reason. I think it must be due to some residual pregnancy hormones that have loosened things up a bit. I am now running every day, which I was never able to before because my legs would seize up and cramp.
Running with a pram is hard work though, especially along the beachfront when you have to run heading into the wind. Apart from the fact that you can’t swing your arms when you run, you’re also pushing a heavy pram with an almost 5kg baby and if you couple that with a fairly strong south easter wind it’s really quite a workout.. and 5km seems a LOT longer and harder.
I haven’t really been able to hit the gym properly yet, but I have managed a few visits when hubby has looked after baby and those stolen moments are worth every second. As much as I hate being away from my gorgeous baby, I feel so rejuvenated when I get back from gym that I can enjoy my time with him more since I’m not so tired.
Last week I hit the gym on Tuesday and did a “Retro” aerobics class at Virgin Active. It was… interesting.
Pregnancy has clearly done nothing for my coordination because the simple ‘grapevine’ move had me heading the wrong way, stumbling all over the place and looking nothing short of ridiculous. It was a high energy class but I didn’t find it very different from a step class, just without the step. From all the hype around it I had really expected some cheezy 80s music and proper Jane Fonda-style moves.
But it made me sweat and got my heart rate up so that’s really what counted. But I think I got more of a workout in my Preggi Bellies aerobics-style classes!
Then on Wednesday I did three rounds of:
Then 20 pull-ups and 20 push presses with 8kg dumbbells. Not very heavy I know but I’m still getting my strength back!
Then on Thursday I hit the gym again and did:
10 minutes on the elliptical
10 mins on the step machine
20 thrusters with a 15kg bar
Then on Friday morning I had a long run along the beachfront which was nice, but hard work!
Then on Saturday morning I didn’t get a chance to go to gym but grabbed half an hour during baby’s nap time to do this workout:
Three rounds of: 100 rope jumps
Then on Sunday I hit the gym again:
2000m row (it’s far!)
20 push-presses with dumbbells
20 kettle-bell deadlifts
So far this week I have only managed a run every morning, no real crossfit-style workouts yet. But i am thoroughly enjoying our morning run with the pram, nice to get some fresh-air for baby and for me.
I am hoping to form some sort of routine with this so that working out can work out for both me and baby. I know most new mums find it very difficult to get back into exercising or even finding time to exercise with a baby that needs so much attention but I really believe that if you work out a plan to suit you then there’s no reason why you can’t exercise while baby sleeps.
In fact our morning runs HELP baby to sleep, since he usually resists his morning nap, but in the pram he is lulled to sleep and gets a good hour’s nap while I get a workout. It’s win-win for everyone! For now anyway, I know things could change when his routine changes but then I’ll just have to re-work my exercise plan then too.