I’m not going to lie, since having Noble one area that I continue to struggle with is my weekly exercise routine. Before Noble I was running at least five times a week. I also went to hot yoga, spin or pump classes at the gym. That has all changed.
Being a full time working mom of a baby means the amount of time I have for exercising has decreased by 100%. It’s just hard to find the time. BUT I have not given up for a very important reason.
The reality is, exercise post-pregnancy isn’t just about losing baby weight, it’s crucial for increasing feel-good hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Given hormones can already be out of whack after growing and delivering a baby, studies show that exercise can be a powerful tool for combatting postpartum anxiety and depression.
You are probably thinking, that’s great but what new mom really has the time for exercise?
Trust me, I know how hard it can be to find the time, but it can’t be an excuse. As new moms we need to make the time. We need to stop the excuses and the guilty feelings and make it happen. How do we do it? My new exercise secret is HIIT aka high intensity interval training.
The truth is you don’t need to spend hours at the gym, you can get great results in the comfort of your own home. I know because I have. Before he wakes up, at nap time or while he’s playing with his toys for five minutes I HIIT.
HIIT consists of any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. Do squats in your living room in between feedings or simply jump rope whenever you have 10 minutes.
The great news is, more research is emerging supporting the effectiveness of HIIT. Workouts can be as short as 10-15 minutes, making them a great option for people with busy schedules (ahem, new moms.)
Some research also suggests you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than jogging on the treadmill for an hour. The American College of Sports Medicine analyzed the benefits of high-intensity interval workouts and found they “deliver numerous health benefits in much less time than traditional programs.”
All you really need is your body weight, the comfort of your home and a free 15 minutes. We can all find 15 minutes.
How do you find time for exercise? Do you HIIT? What tips or tricks have you used for staying active as a new mom? I would love to hear your thoughts below.