There’s nothing like on-the-job learning. Until four years ago, I had no idea how much there was to learn about my body. I mean, I did some yoga and experimented with lifting and I saw a personal trainer when there was a good groupon, but I never thought about how my body was working beyond what it looked like in the mirror or if I was recovering from an injury or illness. These days, I have a 40-pound 4 year old who sometimes likes to be carried and a 25-pound toddler who sometimes likes to walk. Picking them (and blocks and crayons) up all day long, combined with the still frequent interrupted night sleep, and the clean-cook-clean cycle of parenting has left me without motivation to exercise. Luckily, I was introduced to the work of Katy Bowman and Nutritious Movement, who says NO to exercise! Ok, she doesn’t say NO exercise - she says the way we sit, stand, move, and breathe for 23-hours a day is MUCH more important than the way we exercise for 1-hour a day. And she gives you suggestions for how to make your daily life a time of finding strength. After giving birth in 2014, I trained with Zoe Bowick Levin, who has sadly since moved to Colorado. After giving birth in 2017, I did two online fitness programs I list below. Once I didn’t feel “blobby” again I happened to take on more responsibilities at work and lost the motivation for exercise. I imagine one day I will take a group fitness class again, and when I do, I think I will enjoy it. For now though, thanks to a well informed foundation and a Nutritious Movement inspired lifestyle, I am stronger than I was pre-pregnancy and I never hit the gym.
If you’re looking to build your foundation here are my 6-favorite ways to workout after baby! Don’t be surprised they’re all going to talk about pelvic health and life-style habits.