In my military days working out each week was often a requirement to the job. With my new job of staying at home it has been a challenge to find time to workout and a good routine. Luckily, I have had a lot of help along the way and have found ways to stay active and fit. I currently weigh 20 lbs less than when I got pregnant with my son. Considering I was doing P90X2 prior to my pregnancy and thought I was in pretty good shape I’m excited that I have made it to this weight. Here are some tips to help get you started on your active lifestyle journey.
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While pregnant I still worked out regularly. One of my favorite workouts that is low intensity and can be done with a limited amount of space is Walk at Home with Leslie Sansone. The link at the top takes you to my favorite of her workout programs. It is a 5 Day Slim Down. Five miles of walking each with a different theme. You can do one to five miles. I love this program. She has a number of different workout videos and they can all be ramped up or down to meet you at the fitness level you are at.
Grab a stroller or a baby carrier and if you are lucky a friend and just walk around the block. You will be amazed what 30 minutes a day of walking can do to your body and your energy level
If you are at a moderate fitness level or have been walking and want to kick it up a notch start running. You can either focus on trying to run a set distance or incorporate boost (short 1-2 minute jogs) into you walking. Set a goal to run a mile, then 2 and onward to whatever your fitness goal is. I hope to do another half marathon someday.
Biking (Road or Mountain)
Road biking can be a fun family adventure. We invested in a Burley Bee Bike Trailer, which my husband normally pulls, but it is something I can do as well. We have also invested in Bike Shorts. The more you bike the less sore you will be the next day. If you have a trailer you can pack snacks and ride to your nearest park. Make it an adventure and it won’t even seem like you are burning calories.
For a less family friendly adventure, at least until the kids are older (for us), you can try out mountain biking. Make sure you start with an easy trail and have a bike that has shocks. Mountain trails are no place for road bikes. The more you bike the more skills you can accomplish. I can’t wait for Luke to be old enough so we can start hitting the trails again. The best place to look for trails is Single Tracks
With a mobile baby and a home that does not have as much space as before I have opted to join the Y. With the free child care, array of classes and workout equipment. This is turning out to be a great fit. If you are military most Y’s have great military discounts. They are still a great option if you are looking to connect with people in your community. If you are looking for a gym find out if they have free trials and test it out to see if it fits your lifestyle.
So here are some of the ways that I have worked to be active and fit. Please comment below with more ways to stay active and healthy.