I hate the gym. I avoid fitness classes like my life depends on it and in recent years have come to the (sad) conclusion that distance running is destroying my knees. I was pretty active during my pregnancy, but when my son was about 6 months old I seemed to crawl out of the black hole of new-motherhood only to realize that I looked about as shitty as I felt... just in time for summer! What luck! Here's how I changed that:
It wasn't that I weighed more than I did before getting pregnant (I actually weighed less!), it was that I didn't feel good. My clothes fit fine, my body didn't look all that different, but I felt out of shape, sluggish and just. BLAH. I felt like this for months and genuinely had no idea what to do about it. The biggest issues for me were time (I had none) and consistency (finding something I liked enough to keep at it.) I tried everything. Running again, going to classes, walking more, doing work out videos... I didn't maintain anything long enough to change the way I felt.
Enter YouTube and HIIT workouts. Specifically Lucy Wyndham-Read's HIIT workouts. She has a library of workouts on her YouTube channel that range from 4 to 15 minutes long that are really tough, super effective and actually (sort of) fun. HIIT workouts leave me with more energy (not completely drained like when I was running for miles a day), and I can easily fit them into my life (which makes doing them consistently actually possible!)
After months of keeping at it, this is my new fitness philosophy: I do a HIIT workout more days than not during the week (so 4 days or more), try to eat plant based three or four days of the week and try to get outside with my family as much as possible.
And guess what? It freakin' works. I'm in way better shape than I have been in years. My husband has joined in the action and we've started doing HIIT workouts together almost everyday and our son now starts doing squats and "high knees" whenever he sees me put my sneakers on (which means he's going to be a professional athlete and take care of me in my old age, right?)
For new moms, or really, any one with a busy schedule try HIIT. It'll shift your world. You can thank me later.
Hi! I'm Erin.
I'm a working mama, wife, writer and owner of a little red house. I'm trying to sort through the noise and live a life that is genuine, happy and grounded in simplicity.