Before I had my child, I worked out quite a bit. Even during pregnancy, I was able to keep up with boot camp workouts (I just went 3 days per week instead of 5 and modified the exercises). I am about 7 weeks postpartum and exercise looks completely different. I am 100% okay with that, but I had to let go of something first…
The idea that exercise had to be an hour long and/or relatively high intensity to be worth it.
This was my misconception, but there are a TON other misconceptions out there when it comes to nutrition and exercise that we all deal with from time to time. Sometimes we have to overcome our own thoughts and patterns to develop new, positive habits.
I decided to stop waiting until I had an hour to exercise. Instead, I got out the yoga mat and made up some baby and me exercises. Push ups are AWESOME when you get to kiss a baby! I have a tiny bit of ab separation as well, which is common after pregnancy so am doing some moves to fix that. And guess what? I felt SO GOOD after this 15-20 minute spontaneous workout. This is something I can keep up with!
What common misconception about health is holding you back? Challenge it. Come up with a truth that trumps it. My new idea is this…
Any form and duration of exercise is good for the body, mind, and soul.
Phew! No more guilt either. One day I will add in a high intensity workout, but it isn’t mandatory for me. When we take away rigid rules we become free to enjoy the habits that are beneficial to us, allowing them to stick longer.