As I write this, I just finished off a delicious bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate shell and crumbled Thin Mint cookies. It’s all about balance though, right?
Hey look! A fitness post! Remember when this blog was solely about running and fitness? It’s been a minute! But, now that I’m at a good place with nursing B, and feel much more at ease leaving him for the sake of self care, I’m excited to start back down the road of getting in shape. I’ve slowly been getting back into running, but as a supplement to running, I also need to start working on toning up and upping my strength training. You really can’t have one without the other. Strength training has always been one of my favorite things to focus on at the gym, as the perfect compliment to a good cardio workout. The exclamation mark after a strong sweat sesh, if you will. My body has always responded best to a mixture of both, with a heavier emphasis on the cardio side. I’d say I’m a 70/30 girl – 70% cardio, 30% strength training. As a runner, you need strong muscles to help you go the distance. And for increasing speed, you need strong muscles to help you power through. And for hills, you need strong muscles to help you make it to the top with ease. And for looking good in a swimsuit in 6 months on the beach in front of your entire family, you need strong muscles. (AHHH!)
And for mommin’, you need a strong body to make sure you’re around for a long, long time for those sweet babies of yours. Strong heart, strong body, strong mind – our babies deserve for us to be strong, for them. No exceptions!
As a busy, working mom though, finding the time to actually work out has become increasingly difficult. And it’s not necessarily the cardio portion of working out that’s difficult to fit in, but it’s the strength training that’s difficult to fit in because it requires additional equipment and/or machines. It truly takes prioritizing my fitness goals and scheduling out my workouts to make it happen. I’m planning to still join our local rec center gym so I can use the treadmills and bikes, but I’ve recently started taking steps towards creating my own little home gym in our garage for days when making it to the gym just isn’t going to happen. It’s a budget friendly way to still squeeze in a strength workout, and a time friendly way to ensure I’m not wasting any unnecessary time during the busy work week. I’m not exactly aiming for bodybuilder status over here, so simple, lightweight basics will be my friend. I’m envisioning a quick outside run + a quick garage workout being a great combo.
I’ve put together a mood-board of sorts for how I’m compiling my home gym, with some items I’ve already purchased, and hope to in the near future. I’ve stuck to the things I know I would use in an actual gym on a regular basis, and nothing too outside of my comfort zone. I feel like when it comes to creating consistency with working out, the strategy of sticking to what you know goes a long way. Once I get into a good rhythm, then I’ll feel comfortable adding in something new or switching things up to avoid the dreaded plateau. There are so many amazing exercises you can do with simple staples, and I’m excited to get started! Everything on my list is a tried and true favorite, and helped me stay in great shape pre-babies. Nothing is too cumbersome or takes up a ton of space, which I think will be perfect for my little strong-mom corner of the garage. It’s also all very affordable!
- Amazon Basics Neoprene Dumbbells – 8 lb/5 lb/3 lb
- NonSlip Exercise Yoga Mat
- AmazonBasics Medicine Ball – starting with 12 lbs
- Tone Fitness Kettlebell Set – 5 lb/10 lb/15 lb
- Rep Fitness Plyo Box – as seen HERE
- Foam Tiles
- Bosu Ball
- Adjustable Weight Bench
- Amazon Basics Neoprene Dumbbells 15 lb Pair
- Jump Rope – totally cardio, but have you jump roped recently? omg.
- Not pictured – Adam has a pair of 35 lb dumbbells, hello goblet squats!
I think this is a great start, and with Adam working hard to get into shape right now too, we’ll be able to motivate each other towards reaching our goals. I’m not typically a workout-at-home person, but if this is what it’s going to take to actually make it a reality, then I’m willing to give it a shot. I love, LOVE my gym time, but until I can figure out how to find both the time and energy to actually get there, I’m going to be setting up shop in our dear old garage.
Now, what are my goals, you ask? I’ve narrowed down a few below:
- Gain back strength in my legs, feel like my quads are strong again
- Work on toning up my arms
- Decrease belly fat and leftover baby weight in my midsection
- Feel confident in a swimsuit in 6 months (by August!)
- Get back to being able to do 20 real pushups consecutively
- Run an 8:50 mile (or faster!) just to know what that feels like again
- Sign up and run a 5k and clock in under 28 minutes
- Run a half marathon either before I have another baby or before the world ends, really whichever comes first (jkjkjk on the 3rd baby, the 2 I have are a hand full!)
Big goals? Maybe. Doable? I think so. I want to be realistic, and set goals that I feel are attainable assuming I put in the work to hit them. I’m not concerned with a certain number on the scale, but rather more concerned with feeling strong again. After you have a baby, or babies, everything sort of loosens up, like, everywhere, and I’m ready to feel not so jiggly. Ha!
Interested in following with my #StrongMom journey, part two? Be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I usually share glimpses of my workouts on my stories.
Do you have a home gym? What do you like to workout with at home? Are you a runner? Do you prefer cardio or weights or a combo? What are your postpartum fitness goals?