Today there’s a little something different on my blog. I have recently been realizing how tired I have been lately, and it’s not because my baby isn’t an amazing sleeper – I think it comes down to my lack of exercise. I want to be a fit mama. And I am ready to take on that journey! Rachel from Daily Routine Fitness, is giving her best advice and answering some of those hard questions we all have when trying to get back on the saddle and hitting some of our fitness goals! I hope you all appreciate and take in all of her words of wisdom!
Whether you have just had a baby or getting back to your fitness routine, starting can be an overwhelming thought or task.
Where do you start? How hard do you push it? How often should you go? What do you wear? Is it going to work?
Having these questions answered can bring peace and comfort to women at any fitness level, so let’s nail down some ground rules for your new fitness routine.
Where do I start?
Before you head to the most insane bootcamp to try to drop those last 10 pounds in record speed, check out some of the studios in your area and ask for advice about which instructor would be the perfect match for your fitness goals. If the answer is “anyone,” simply explain to the instructor that you’re just getting back into this fitness thing and that although you want to be pushed, you also want him or her to give you some air if you need a break.
How hard should I push?
The number one thing I tell beginners in my class is to stop when you need to, set your own pace, and don’t worry about what the other crazy bootcampers are doing. Some of the people in your fitness class have been going to that class for years and are ready to throw it down the moment they walk in the door. Remember, their journey is not YOUR journey!
Rules of thumb:
Push yourself to a level that feels uncomfortable but at which you can still breathe.
Don’t be nervous about taking a water break and getting back into the workout when you’re ready.
Eat 90 minutes before class. Something as simple as an apple and some peanut butter could be just what your body needs to feel strong and ready to take on that workout.
How often should I work out?
If you’re just getting started with your workout routine, start off slow and with a balanced program. I start most of my clients off with 2-3 bootcamp/circuit-style workouts a week combined with 2 days of 20 minutes of HIIT cardio, yoga class, or some outdoor activity. The key is to not overdo it those first couple weeks, which would leave your body so sore that you would dread going back for another session. Sore is good, but if you can’t walk correctly for more than 4 days, you may need to pull it back a bit!
What should I wear?
This may seem like a funny question. We shouldn’t care what we look like. right? We are here to sweat! Well, studies show that woman who wear workout clothing that is comfortable, allows their bodies to breathe, and makes them feel positive actually have a more effective workout! Why more effective workouts? When we are comfortable in our clothing, we take fewer breaks to readjust our outfits and spend more time getting our sweat on. We also stand taller and carry a more positive body position when we feel confident in our clothing. Whether you’re a Lululemon girl or still enjoy throwing your high school gym shorts on, wear what you enjoy and rock it!
Is it going to work?
I get this question a lot! How long will it take me to lose the weight, and will the program work? That decision is totally up to you! If we fuel our bodies with healthy, nutrient-filled food and allow a good sweat to happen sometime in our day, our bodies cannot hold on to excess fat. We naturally start to slim down and increase our lean muscle mass. The same goes for the girl who is looking to add some curves! Add healthy foods to your diet, get your workouts in, and allow rest and recovery. You will see the positive results you are looking for.
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Thanks for reading! xo