Time to re-find my fitness. But how?!

In the past my fitness levels were really quite high, especially compared to Jo Average. Even when I stepped back from rowing and started training less, I was still doing an above average amount. During my pregnancy I remained as active as I could; I was able to do quite a bit of cardio in the early days and as it progressed I made sure to walk as much as I was able.

It was quite common when rowing that I would have peaks and troughs in my fitness. It was always both tough and a good challenge when I had to try and build my fitness back up, such as after I hurt my arm. However, those recoveries were nothing like the challenge I feel I am facing now post pregnancy. My core has literally no strength.

I had my 6 – 8 week check the other day and that was my milestone for post-birth rest. But now I can exercise, I suddenly realised I don’t really know where to start. Many of my portfolio of exercises are going to be too much at this point. So, I hit the internet to see what is recommended.

There seem to be several key considerations from what I have read:

  • Be carefulmost of the relaxin in a woman’s body has usually gone about 6 weeks after birth. However, it can take several months for it to be gone completely, so in the early days extra care is needed to avoid over-stretching and straining muscles;
  • It’s all about the pelvic floorI’ve been advised to work my pelvic floor since having given birth, advice I have listened to. But of all exercises, this is one to absolutely keep doing forever and ever above any other core exercises;
  • Work deep core muscles first don’t jump straight back in to doing former core stability exercises until the underlying core muscles are strong again;
  • Introduce high-impact exercises slowlysome articles I’ve read say to avoid high impact exercises, such as running, for 5 months (mainly because of the relaxin mentioned above). I class cycling and erging as being in the high impact category so whilst I don’t intend to wait 5 months, I need to make sure I don’t do too much too fast.

So my key focus for the next month or so is:

  1. Daily pelvic floor exercises (there is a handy free app from Tena which steps me through 6 ‘workouts’ a day);
  2. Daily walks of at least 30 mins with H in her buggy, unless the occasional walk has to be unavoidably missed;
  3. Daily deep core exercises taking approximately 10 – 15 minutes per day; or
  4. Some Aerobics, Tone and Stretch exercises on my Davina Post-Natal DVD a couple of times a week, H permitting!

I have been doing 1 and 2 for a few weeks. I managed to do some core exercises yesterday (3) and even found time for a Davina workout (4) today. So things are heading in the right direction! It will be interesting to see if, in a months time, I can notice any difference!

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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