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Exercise After Baby: My Personal Experience

Since I started posting my workouts with my new apprentice, AKA my daughter Olivia, the biggest question I’ve been getting from my fellow mums is: “How do you find the time to workout?!”

Exercise after baby

Since I started posting my workouts with my new apprentice, AKA my daughter Olivia, the biggest question I’ve been getting from my fellow mums is: “How do you find the time to workout?!”

Firstly, let me say that it is not easy working out with a bub or young kiddies in tow, I know every mum can relate to that! Olivia is exclusively breastfed, so finding time to do ANYTHING between feeds has been the biggest challenge of my life!

In saying that, I have found ways to slowly add movement back into my life, and it’s been amazing! Olivia has grown to love our time on the mat, so here is how I’ve gone from 5-minute workouts to 30-40 minute sessions with her.

One thing I’ve found since becoming a mum is that I’m SO much more motivated to workout at any time, because I know if the opportunity arises it’s most likely the only chance I will get! It makes it a whole lot easier when you do a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste…which is exactly what the online studio is for me!

 Start With Just Five Minutes

You don’t need an hour to get a complete, effective workout! I started slowly returning to exercise 6 weeks after Olivia arrived, in between feeds when Olivia would go down for a nap or was settled enough to sit in her bouncer.

If she were awake, she would only stay settled for five minutes maximum before starting to cry, so I started with the “Just Five Minutes More” workout video series on the online studio, namely the upper body, leg, and stretch routines. I did one video daily, and when done frequently enough, short and speedy workouts can do wonders to both the body and mind!

It gets me going every time and I end up doing a sensational workout! Below are some of my all-time favourite routines. The best part? These videos are absolutely FREE for everyone to try and have a taste of what our online workouts are all about!

Click the images below to try them right here, right now:

Find What You Love

One thing I’ve found since becoming a mum is that I’m SO much more motivated to workout at any time, because I know if the opportunity arises it’s most likely the only chance I will get! It makes it a whole lot easier when you do a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste…which is exactly what the online studio is for me! 

When Olivia was about 10 weeks old, I started doing longer workouts when I knew she would be down for a long stretch at night. This would sometimes be 10-11 pm, but I LOVED working out at this time because I knew I could take my time, relax, and enjoy my workout in peace and quiet!

She would also wake up between 6-7 am, so sometimes I would get up at 5 am and fit my workout in then! I only started doing this when she was sleeping through the night, don’t put any pressure on yourself if you are still waking up multiple times a night, prioritise sleep, and before you know it the night feed phase is over!

I have been loving flexibility routines, lower body workouts, and a little upper body while my core heals, so on days where I’m struggling to find the motivation, I always turn to a short and sharp stretching routine followed by a quick butt or arm workout! I noticed an incredible difference during this time! 

I also LOVED revisiting my BabyBody Workouts, they are ideal for the post-partum stage as there is only very gentle core work, lots of leg and upper body strengthening, and the knowledge you are doing safe, fun, and EFFECTIVE workouts! Browse our BabyBody Workouts by clicking the image below:

Make A Commitment

When Olivia was 14 weeks old, I felt ready to gently return back to a regular fitness routine! 

Olivia is now a lot more settled between feeds and she is taking in so much of her surroundings, so I love pulling her bouncer up alongside the mat and getting her involved (along with my dachshund Diggity, of course!)

I want to be the best example I can be for my daughter, and I’m hoping that one day she will want to join in and do the workouts with me! For now, she is settled for about 30 minutes at a time, the perfect amount for me to get a really great daily workout from the schedule!

The daily schedule keeps me motivated and committed. I started writing out the weekly schedule just for myself many years ago, then I decided to share it with all of our members who shared that they sometimes find they lack motivation or get decision fatigue with our extensive library. I write the workouts into my dairy and tick them off, there’s nothing like physically crossing off a daily to-do to get that sense of accomplishment!

Have you seen our weekly schedules? Click the images below to check them out!

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