Hi friends! Happy Thursday! Hope you’re all having a great week! Truth be told, I started this post over a week ago and am just now finishing it. Life with two kids, one of whom is a newborn, is very busy with little time for blogging and working. We also just survived little man’s first growth spurt which was challenging but we made it through so here I am today!
Anywho, onto the topic at hand today…recovery. We all go through different seasons of life where working out and fitness will be a priority. To be honest, it almost always is for me because it makes me more awake, peaceful and helps me feel my best. However, at 3 weeks post partum, this season is not a time to prioritize working out. I need to let me body recover and heal from child birth and focus on keeping little man thriving. I’m in a season of recovery and rest. I know many other people go through seasons like this, whether you’ve just had a baby, an injury, a surgery or you’re just going through a busy season and can’t prioritize working out. I’m here to tell you it’s ok! Working out won’t always be a priority and that’s totally normal!
I thought I’d share with you what I’m doing during this season of recovery and rest. How I’m helping my body heal and staying sane while not being able to work out like I want to. Now, I won’t lie…I feel good and ready to work out. I’m dying to lift again and to go for a run and get a good sweat in. I’m constantly having to tell myself to wait and slow down.
Currently, I’m trying to work within my limits. I’m walking daily (or almost daily). I started with 10 min and am slowing increasing that as I feel good. I’m also doing pelvic floor exercises that are safe at this point.
I do each of these almost every day (as I remember and/or have time with 2 kiddos). I make sure my form is on point (keeping belly button in and making sure pelvis is in a neutral alignment throughout the movement) and there is no pain with each movement. This next week, I might try to incorporate some gentle yoga positions.
I’m also focusing on good nutrition right now. As I’m breastfeeding, I’m also very hungry most of the time. I’m making sure I get a good amount of protein with each meal and vegetables and fruits as well and ALLLLL the water. I’m super thankful to have my shakes (that I’ve used for years) to make quick breakfasts or lunches and bonus, they can be consumed with one hand while breastfeeding #momwin.
I use Juice Plus Complete shakes that give me solid plant-based protein as well as vitamins and minerals from grains and other fruits and vegetables. Yes, I’m a rep for the company but I would use these shakes regardless because they’re simple, nutritious and delicious. ps- if you want a sample, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll hook you up!
If you’re in a season of rest, use this time to do some gentle movement, focus on other priorities (family, relationships, work, other hobbies, etc), and know that fitness can be incorporated again when you’re ready. It’s always there waiting for you.
Until next time (when I’ll go through more detail on nutrition while breastfeeding)!