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Why you should read this: You will walk away with a newfound appreciation of why you should workout alone + increase your odds of “Getting it done.”
So often we hear about overcoming the isolation of maternity leave by doing things with friends, family, acquaintances, etc. but I am strongly in favour of the lone wolf approach for one thing in particular: Getting your workout groove back on.
Both maternity leaves I have been known for getting back on the workout groove quickly & easily (nutrition is another thing lol) and it is because I always, always take the lone wolf approach to working out. Then, workouts or activities with friends are cherries on top.
Today I am going to use super, duper simple math to explain it.
Let’s Create your Equation
Take me. I am “1.” I want to workout.
Write it down. 1. You are #1.
In my world I am very aware of the obstacles that get in the way. Here are common things that top me from going out for out for a run or workout.
1.) I just ate
2.) Lots of things on my to do list that day
3.) I “feel” tired
4.) Too logistically complicated (handing off 2x kids their nap schedules etc.)
What are the big ones for you? How many are there that regularly trip you up?
We are going to turn this into a fraction.
Here is me. Let’s call me “1.”
My likelihood of working out can be reduced by “4” common obstacles in my world.
So let’s write that as an equation. 1/4
Where on Earth are you Going With This Carina?!
Stay with me, seriously, it’s EASY math. Nothing overwhelming.
A lot of us rely on friends to boost / motivate / get us up and moving.
This is why this is a really bad strategy on mat leave:
Your friend also has obstacles that come up in her day. Let’s take a few.
- Younger baby with erratic nap times / moods
- She too is pretty exhausted
- How body is feeling (C-Section)
- Baby feedings schedule
So put hers into a fraction as well. 1/4.
1 person’s likelihood of working out reduced by 4 obstacles that come up.
So… let’s say that you both manage to set up a date and time to workout. Lingering in the background is your equation, 1/4 and her equation 1/4. Since both of you are meeting at the same time and place to work out (a feat in itself with babies) there are now eight things that may crop up as an obstacle.
So now, we are looking at the probability of a “friends workout” reduced by eight different obstacles. Not a good equation for a workout. You want to do everything in your power to reduce that equation!
As soon as you add people with their own lives + schedules + babies into the picture, your probability of working out dramatically goes down. It’s too risky a way to get back on the workout train.
You must learn to fall in love with working out on your own, and get your own thing going. Then, when things do workout and your friends join you, it is the absolute cherry on top – an enjoyable boost. Working out with friends is the best. So have it as something occasional you look forward to!
Use Instagram as a Personal Trainer
Instagram has some AWESOME accounts set up by fit mums (yes, you will have to see 6 packs 1 year post partum lol) that use home objects + home workouts.
I use it all the time for creative ideas. You can even do a challenge where you have to do whatever comes up on your instagram feed when you have some downtime.
You do have to get past the super spammy nature of their accounts because they are all hustling e-books and guides… so just ignore the comments and focus on getting creative ideas from the videos for microworkouts.
I talked before about filtering your social media so that all incoming information is set up to support the goals you have; this is a great way to try out this practice! Set up healthy eating, fitness, motivational quotes, etc. so that all of these motivators are rolling in.
Any searching on google will return you lots of programs, plans, ideas for example Jamie Eason’s Post-Pregnancy 12 week program. I didn’t buy / download this one but at 6 months post partum I started using a lot of the movements. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jamie-eason-post-pregnancy-trainer.html
So there we go, embrace your inner lone wolf (you kinda feel like one anyways on maternity leave lol) and hit those workouts.
Set up yourself up for a probability of success + create your own workout power.
Don’t wait for others, or rely on others to boost you.
Strength and lasting motivation come from the inside.