This is a guest post written by Jone’t Wooten from The Scoop to a Healthy Life.com
It seems like only yesterday, I was seven months pregnant with our sweet daughter. At the time, I shared more things in common with a certain blimp than the fact that it was a Good Year to have a baby!
To say I packed on a few pounds while carrying our angel, would be sugar-coating it (which was just the way I liked it back then).
I’ll share a secret, if you promise to keep it to yourself. I was eating four solid meals a day PLUS snacks. At seven months of pregnancy bliss, my 5’2” frame was already pushing maximum density! I went from being in great shape to, well… you get the mental picture I’m attempting to paint like Picasso.
A few months after the birth of our beautiful baby girl, I knew it was time to focus some attention on getting myself in better shape. The extra weight I was carrying made me tired and I needed both strength and energy to take care of my precious children.
How was I going to find the time to exercise? I now had two munchkins under the age of four and time was a rare and precious commodity.
Plus, as a young family, we didn’t have the extra discretionary funds for me to join a gym.
Newsflash … you don’t have to join a gym to get into shape after having a baby. There are many great options for working out at home and we’ve put together some tips to make it that much easier to reclaiming your body.
Set action-oriented, attainable fitness goals.
1) What are your fitness goals? Would you like a more toned body by summer, or to fit into your favorite jeans by November, or would you love to run a marathon by February? Be specific about the goals you seek.
2) How many workouts each week will help you accomplish these goals? Do you need to take a 30 minute bike ride four days a week? Or take a brisk walk with friends three days a week? Think about your ultimate goals, then make a plan for SUCCESS.
3) Write down both your fitness goals and workout plans. A Fitness Journal or spiral notebook is a great tool to record your goals, plans, achievements and rewards. It allows you the opportunity to look back on your progress, which will keep those motivational juices flowing.
4) Decide in advance how you will CELEBRATE accomplishing your weekly fitness goals. At the end of each week, pat yourself on the back for a job well done and give yourself a REWARD for all the hard work!
Now for the fun part… how will you pamper or treat yourself for accomplishing your weekly goals? How about a one hour, UNDISTURBED soak in the tub (I’d be willing to bet, your hubby will play Mr. Mom while you relax and soothe your aching muscles).
Looking for an easy and affordable way to bring the fancy spa experience home? Why not make your own bath salts?
Choose rewards that will keep you motivated and moving towards your goals.
CRANK UP THE TUNES, BABY
There’s nothing better to get you motivated to work harder in your next sweat session (sweat makes you pretty) than an upbeat, moto playlist.
The right tunes can help you change your workout from just going through the motions to kicking some serious fitness booty!!!
The more focus and energy you pour into your workout, the more impressive the results. FACT!
We’ve compiled a list of our top 11 songs for a killer workout playlist:
* I Lived ~ One Republic
* Shut Up and Dance ~ Walk the Moon
* Light Em Up ~ Fall Out Boy
* Ghost ~ Ella Henderson
* Heroes (We Could Be) ~ Alesso
* Geronimo ~ Sheppard
* Love Runs Out ~ One Republic
* Lips Are Moving ~ Meghan Trainor
* Best Day of My Life ~ American Authors
* The Walker ~ Fitz and the Tantrums
* Don’t Stop ~ 5 Seconds of Summer
Did you know, according to The Mayo Clinic, the average women should drink 9 cups (2.2 liters) of water each day?
Our bodies need even more H2o when we exercise. New studies show it’s important to drink water before, during and after a workout.
Here’s an informative post from Greatist with charts and graphs (I’m a data nerd) that breaks the whole how much water should I drink if I exercise thing down for us.
Need a simple way to motivate yourself and your family to drink more water? Why not whip up some DIY Detox Water with fresh fruits or vegetables? It will add flavor and detox your body too!
Protein is an important part of any successful exercise program. Your body needs protein after each workout to build new muscle.
Eating the right protein can even help us LOSE weight. Wondering how much protein is in your favorite foods? Check out 45 Healthy Sources of Protein, with food charts (yup, taking the train to Nerdville again) listing popular protein sources with corresponding protein amounts.
HOME EXERCISE TOOLS
If you’re looking for some effective exercise tools that can help you take your workout to the next level but won’t break the bank, you’re in luck.
We’ve hand-picked our favorite must-have exercise tools for your home.
- Total Body
- Dumbbell & Kettlebell Workouts
7 AMAZING FITNESS BLOGS
Let’s face it, there are some pretty impressive fitness blogs in the blogosphere today. But with so many to choose from, you’d need Magellan’s help to discover the best of the best.
Your to-do-list is long enough, so we’ve done the work for you. Here are the 7 fitness blogs you should start following today:
- Workout Mommy
- Fit Bottomed Girls
- PopSugar Fitness
- The Fitnessista
- Tone It Up
- Fitness on Toast
- Carla Birnberg
So whether your goal is to lose the baby weight without the gym or to tone that body, getting fit after baby sooo doable. Set your goals, crank up the tunes, drink your water, eat good protein, rinse and repeat. You GOT THIS, girl!
Jonet Wooten is the mom of two amazing kids who bring her happiness and joy most days (wink). She is a healthy living blogger for The Scoop to a Healthy Life.com who calls The Pacific Northwest home by way of Texas.
An ex-certified group fitness instructor, Jonet is an enthusiastic believer in the power of exercise on body, mind and soul.
When she’s not creating healthy new recipes (sans refined sugar), shooting photos for her blog, or gardening, Jonet enjoys discovering hole in the wall restaurants, exploring life in The Pacific Northwest and walks with her hubby and fur children (Bubba & Daisy).