Last week I returned to the gym for the first time since Kaelen was born! I had been highly active working out until the last portion of my pregnancy, but due to how big Kaelen was my low back didn’t allow me to continue working out after about mid-November. I was feeling antsy and ready to return to being active starting about four weeks postpartum, however between Kaelen’s sleep schedule and our travel to Florida I hadn’t made it.
I didn’t even realize how much I had missed working out! First I attended Yoga with Susan (Mother-in-law) Nicole, and Sarah (sisters-in-law) Sunday of last week. It was challenging, but it was so good to stretch and loosen up. I was sore in a few places for a few days after that, but totally worth it!
Monday & Wednesday I went back to my Zumba class. For anyone who doesn’t know Zumba is an active dance class where the music is mostly Latin music and the moves draw from Latin dances such as Samba, Salsa, or Meringue. I’ve never much enjoyed traditional workouts on stationary equipment or running, but I am SUPER motivated in Zumba because of how much I love to dance and by the group environment! Walking out of the gym last Monday it hit me how much I have missed it since I hadn’t been for so long! I could feel a major difference in my energy level already after being back just a couple days…
I will probably shoot to get to the gym 3-5 times per week and I do have a variety of classes I like to take including Zumba, Yoga, & a Mom’s workout class that does strengthening. The cool thing about the Mom’s class is that I can take Kaelen with me if I want to or if he can’t stay at home with Doug without having to put him in Child Watch at the YMCA.
I’m looking forward to having my pre-pregnancy clothing fit again and I’m glad to be working towards that goal!