In the past, I needed to “burn” off what I ate by doing a lot of cardio and if I didn’t sweat a lot then I didn’t consider it an actual workout. I would beat myself up for not doing enough instead of celebrating what I had done. I would always cut my workouts short because they just weren’t enjoyable.
I shifted my mindset around movement to view it as a celebration of what my body can do and how moving my body makes me feel. I’m also very grateful that my body can move as well as it does and I want to keep it that way.
In December, I made a small daily promise of at least 5 minutes of intentional movement a day. I really want to build the habit of doing it daily and I know by starting small and being consistent with it then it will grow into a daily habit.
Here are some of the ways I’ve been moving my body:
🚴♀️Bike rides with the baby around the neighborhood
🧘♀️Pilates on the Reformer – this has been perfect for postpartum because you basically workout laying down. There are some more intense reformer workouts but I was able to do the less intense ones and it was exactly what my postpartum body needed. I do this 1-2x a week.
🦮Taking the dogs for a walk
🧎🏼♀️Stretching or legs up the wall
🏒Rollerblading! – I hadn’t done this in YEARS but a wonderful friend of mine was doing it so I jumped on board – so fun 🙂
💃Mini dance parties with my kids – So so fun