Easy Workout After Pregnancy
As most of my readers already know I have THREE kids (plan on having more).
Recently, I had my third and getting back into shape has been on the top of my list of things to do. As I have gotten older and with each additional baby it has gotten harder and harder to lose the baby weight. But that doesn’t stop me! I keep on trying and trying until all of that baby weight is gone!
Whenever I workout I like to have a little of variety. I can’t just do the same routine day after day after day. I have to mix it up for my sanity (and my husbands).
I have tried all of the most popular workouts from Beachbody like Insanity, Country Heat, PiYo, CIZE, and i’m sure I have done more. Beachbody has always been my go to when it comes to working out because they have everything you need to get started. All you have to do is just move your body.
Like I said I NEED to try something else this time. I’m tired of doing Beachbody workouts, it’s the same format over and over again. Don’t get me wrong I can lose my baby weight with Beachbody but I want to see if other workout routines will work.
Trying to find the time to workout is the most challenging thing for me. I have to take the kids to school, I have the baby at home, cleaning up all the mess from the previous day, and have dinner ready it can be a daunting task.
When I do get a little of ME TIME and start my workout I always do a little yoga beforehand. Nothing too intense maybe 5 – 10 mins with simple yoga poses like the lotus, upward facing dog, cow, and bow. Easy stuff, nothing at all too difficult. The reason why I do yoga to begin is to get the blood flowing and the body stretched out.
When I actually start working out I usually try to get at least a full 30 minute session. Sometimes if i’m feeling really good I might even go for an hour!
After Pregnancy Workout
My husband has always raved about the 5X5 (5 reps, 5 sets) workout to get stronger in the gym. Now i’m not looking to lift any sort of weights to get stronger. I have a baby that I am always carrying that is enough weight for me.
Though, the 5X5 can be incorporated into any workout. Whatever you are working out, you do it 5 reps of 5 sets. So in total you do the exercise 25 times. And for me this has given me some pretty amazing results.
Sample 5X5 Workout
To go with our 5X5 theme I usually do 5 exercises as well.
Push-Ups – I used to hate pushups, but honestly they are great to keep your arms toned. Do 5 sets of 5 reps, if you can’t do a normal pushup do a girl pushup (I hate that!) instead. You want to strive to do a regular pushup that is where you will get the most benefit.
Wall Squats – These are simple to do all you need is a wall… Put your back against the wall and squat, hold that position like your sitting for 30 seconds (5 seconds would be too short) do that for 5 sets. Your legs and butt will get much stronger and look better if you do this more often.
6-Inch Killers – An ab exercise, don’t let the name scare you! This exercise can help you get rid of that belly baby weight. Lay down flat on the ground facing up, lift your feet 6 inches off the ground and keep them there. Try to go for at least 30 seconds for 5 sets and you will start to strengthen that core of yours.
Forearm Plank – Don’t confuse this with the popular PLANKING (though it’s similar). Get on the ground and place your forearms parallel with your body with the rest of your arms going vertical. So that your forearms are holding the rest of your body up with your toes pointing down. Hold this position for at least 15 seconds do this 5 times and take a small break. Then repeat this exercise 4 more times for a total of 5 sets.
Air Squats – We have already done wall squats in this workout, but it’s always good to do more leg exercises. Stand straight up and put your arms in front of you then just squat all the way down until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Do 5 reps of 5 sets of air squats.
This is just a sample workout that I do. If you don’t like any of these exercises you can always add in other exercises that you do like. If you are going to have any longterm success working out then you should probably like your routine.
If you have any questions or comments please contact me. I would love to hear from you!