Postnatal exercise diary – introduction

The eternal struggle

Baba 2 is 14 months old now and I STILL haven’t managed to get into an exercise routine.  The best I’ve managed is 2 or 3 times a week for 3 weeks I think.  I just can’t bear to do it.  If I do ever have half an hour to myself all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a mountain of toast and watch some brainless tele, or faff about on the internet.  Ahhh, heaven 🙂

But here’s the thing folks, I am starting to get a bit down about my still quite prominent tummy bump and general flabbiness.  It would be good to walk down the street without straining something, or pick up my children without fear of a hernia.

So I thought that if I write about it here, then that is an extra incentive to ACTUALLY DO IT this time (fitness regime attempt #57).

I think my problem so far has been starting too big.  I’ve got to cut myself some slack here, baba 2 still doesn’t sleep worth a damn and I’m fricking knackered.  So instead of trying to start running or doing long yoga sessions I’ll start with the smaller, more realistic goal of doing basic postnatal stomach exercises and pelvic floor exercises, every day.  Will take all of about 10 minutes.  I may even throw in some bum clenches whilst I brush my teeth (not too weird?) and lift some weights whilst watching CBeebies.  I can totally do this.  YOU ARE MY WITNESS!

In addition to deep stomach exercises and pelvic floor exercises, the NHS also recommends brisk walking, yoga, and swimming as excellent ways to keep fit after pregnancy. I’m going to do these if/when I have time but not stress over them just yet, let’s just get the basics sorted first!

Watch out for more posts about this later as I report back my progress!

For more ideas about post natal fitness check out these Pregnancy and Baby pages on NHS Choices:

Keeping fit and healthy

Your body after childbirth

If you’re feeling a bit more energetic you can also check out this NHS Postnatal Yoga video.  I’m gonna save that for later!