About that baby weight… I’m over it.
Healthy eating habits is a HUGE part to changing your body, but we still can’t forget to exercise.
The first week of being a mom, I decided I didn’t want my gym membership anymore. After years of being a gym rat, I finally gave it up. Sure, I want to lose this baby weight, but I’m not ready to leave my baby, plus we’re trying to make some changes financially.
Just because the gym isn’t an option, doesn’t mean I can’t get in a good workout. I pulled out a few DVD’s and purchased a few new ones. I also go for long walks (pushing the stroller) when it’s not pouring down rain or running up and down stairs. I’m just getting started with my new workout routine (at home) and so far, I’m already feeling results. Again, I’m also eating healthy and staying active with my baby.
So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.
1. Jillian 30 day shred – If you want an ass kick (aka results), this is it. There’s three levels, with a nice mix of strength, cardio and abs. After 5 times, I’m still on level one. Again, I’m completely out of shape, but it’s nice to know I have “room” to grow. Each level is 20 minutes and I try and do this video 3-4x a week. I’m not a sweater, but I get close to breaking a sweat in level one, about 10 minutes in. The nice thing about this, you only need a set of weights, which for me, 3 lbs it is (at the moment).
2. Tracy Anderson – I want what she’s having kind of video. She’s a celebrity trainer and is mostly known for her work with Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s very “dance-y”, but I like it because it doesn’t always feel like you’re working out. One negative about this, is she’s not the most motivating, but if you can get past that, you’ll be fine. The little movements that you do with your own body weight and 3 lb weights sure does a body good. I do love her method, which you can get a little preview HERE. I don’t always do the entire video, but I’ll break this this up and do just the arms or just the legs, etc., when I need a little strength “training” after I get back from a walk or at the tail end of nap time (for the baby, not me).
3. GAIAM Pilates – This is a great change from the others. I think a pilates or a yoga video are good to throw into the collection and mix things up. I’ve heard great things about the I like the ab one the best and usually do this 1-2x a week. I’ve heard good things about Crunch Gym Pilates and 10 Minute Pilates.
4. The Bar Method – Who knew such little (but consistent) pulses could hurt so
bad good. Are you familiar with The Bare Method? There are studios popping up everywhere. I had my first experience when we were living in San Diego (when I was in great shape) and it was a major ass kicker. Classes can be rather pricey, so as I slowly became out of shape (cough cough, growing a baby), I bought this DVD – still pricy, but worth it, I could do this at home whenever I wanted. This was the first video I did after I having my baby and oh my goodness… I hurt for days. The sad part, I didn’t even finish the video and I was still hurting. Personally, I like a good hurt because it feels like my body is in the process of changing. Equipment needed is weights and a bar, which I use a stool or the edge of a counter. For me, 3 lb weights are enough at the moment.
5. Gunner Peterson CORE Secrets – This is a great ball exercise. Gunner Peterson is also a celebrity trainer and has some great strength training moves. I think if I used heavier weights, I’d be much more sore and feel like it was shaping my body.
What are your favorite workout videos?
How do you stay fit?
February 28 2013