My whole life, I have been a very active person when it comes to physical activity. However when I was pregnant, I took a whole year off from exercising. I really did not have a reason as to why in the beginning of my pregnancy. When I got to my second trimester, I experienced a flare-up of my Ulcerative Colitis that lasted throughout the rest of my pregnancy. Since that happened, I did not have any energy to exercise. I just wanted to do what I needed to do to keep my baby safe and healthy.
After I had my son, of course I wanted to get back into exercise, but the motivation was so hard. I did not start exercising again until 3 and a half months after I had my son. Here are three ways I found the motivation to exercise again:
1. Start Off Slow and Be Realistic
I had to figure out what I needed to do to get back into the rhythm of exercise. You have to figure out what works for you. If you are a beginner with exercise, ALWAYS start out slow and with realistic goals. For me, I have a class that I love taking that my old personal trainer teaches twice a week for one hour. It is such an intense class and incorporates strength training and cardiovascular exercise. So in my case, since I am not a beginner with exercise, I signed back up for her class to get back in shape and increase my endurance.
2. Create a Motivating Factor
Having a motivator or motivation source. My husband started exercising again with me. That was really encouraging. Also, my goal is to get into my pants/clothes that I wore pre-pregnancy. I only went up one pant size after I had my son, but I have A LOT of work to do to get back into my size 10 jeans.
3. Hold Yourself Accountable
My husband helps keep me accountable when he sees me slacking off. Another way to keep yourself accountable is setting reminders in your phone or calendar for the time you want to work out. Let’s be real, most of us carry our phones with us everywhere we go. Another way is to keep workout clothes in your car or by the door when you leave the house. Then you really have no excuse to not workout.
I also have my FitBit that helps me too and I LOVE IT! Such a great investment. I set a goal to work out 4 days a week. It is so motivating to look at it and see your progress. I feel bad when I only worked out 2 days out of the 4 days. There are endless ways, but you have to keep yourself accountable.
Are you Ready Now?
These were the main things that helped me get back into the mindset of exercising. I began to work out at the end of June and I have been pretty consistent with exercising 2 – 4 days per week. It has now become second nature to me. Keep in mind that it usually takes about a month for something to become a habit. I can say that exercise has officially become a habit for me and that is what I was aiming for. I am now starting to work on weight loss, which also includes diet. My goal is to lose 20 pounds. I will keep everyone updated with my progress.