I’ll be honest, I hate exercise.
There I said it. If I could sit on the sofa all night watching Friends (and stay fit and healthy of course) I totally would. Fitness isn’t fun to me.
I envy those who actually enjoy the gym. Those who happily put on their running gear and head out for a run every night. I”m just lazy and can’t be bothered.
Having said that, there are a couple of things I do enjoy, and have decided I need to do more of these this year.
Firstly I quite enjoy dancing. And this can easily be incorporated into fitness with a Zumba class. I’ve been to a few before, so I’m going to look for one in my local area and convince a friend to go with me.
It’s fast and fun and will get me laughing (and sweating!)
Because it’s not an intense exercise, I think swimming would be a great starting point for me. I most definitely need to shop around and try some new swimsuits. The maternity tankini I’ve been wearing for the past 2 years probably isn’t ideal for swimming some lengths!
Swimming is also something I actually enjoy. Even if I’m casually going with the boys, it’s still a good way to incorporate light exercise into my lifestyle.
Ideally I’ll start going a couple of times a week and swim at my own pace. I’m not going to sit here and say I’ll go weekly, as I know I won’t stick to that, but fortnightly is much more achievable.
Something I’m already doing every day is walking. Luckily Lambs school is within walking distance so I walk each day to drop him off and pick him up. Poor Bear is dragged out of the house in the cold, but it’s also good for him to get some fresh air.
Even when the weather is awful I try to make sure we walk at least once each day.
Now that I’ve lost some of the baby weight, I really want to start toning up my body. I have to say, after one baby my body actually pinged back into shape quite well. Flat stomach and everything! This time is a different story. Even thought I’m almost at my goal weight with Weight Watchers I still have such a flabby tummy and wobbly thighs.
It’s time to do some lunges.
My other half is really into fitness and the gym (chalk and cheese, eh?) so I’ve been asking him what I can do each day to help tone my postnatal body. Nothing too intense (as usual), just a few things that are quick and easy to do that will eventually show me some results.
I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself to achieve certain things each week. I think as long as I stick to walking on the school run, and try to attend a class every other week, then I’ll be happy with that to begin with.
Once I’m at my goal weight my focus will move onto toning up. But until then it will be fitting in a little exercise around the kids and my busy schedule.
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