At first I titled this post just “Postpartum Fitness”. Silly Katherine. I quickly remembered the reality of my life right now, and that adding one word would make this a much more accurate title. Postpartum fitness is totally a struggle, am I right? Instagram and Facebook pictures may make it look like a breeze when you see friends all smiley and hashtag-ie…until your joints and weak muscles start yelling at you mid-work out.
It’s been nearly 3 months since I gave birth to my fraternal twins, Henry & Emily. Before that I was on modified bed rest for months. A part of me desperately wants to dive right back into running with ease, while the more intelligent part of me remembers very well that my body has been through SO MUCH in the past year. It’s like my mind sees a running path and goes “Yaaay let’s do this!” and my body’s all “Woooo! Okay, Kath! Let’s go!” and for the first couple of minutes they’re both like “This is GREAT!” – adorably in unison. But then, 5-10 minutes into the run both my mind and my body are like “AHHHHH this is awful!” Annnnd that’s when I get frustrated. The struggle is real, but I can’t just give up. I’ve got precious twins, personal goals, and a happy little life to keep up with!
Shortness of breath and a sore back are my latest complaints when working out, so I consulted my friend Jessica, a fitness coach and co-owner of StudiOne in downtown Tulsa, on what she recommends. Fun fact about Jessica: she was my very first friend when I moved to Tulsa two years ago! She’s also a fellow blogger and you should absolutely check out her blog: Sprenkeled. She showed me a super helpful stretch to support my lower back after workouts.
That got me thinking…and us chatting. I asked her if she’d be willing to listen to my and YOUR postpartum workout concerns and she’d love to help! When it comes to strengthening and stretching our bodies properly, she’s happy to offer some advice. Yaaay!
So…what questions, concerns, and problem areas do you fellow mamas have for her? We’re all in this journey together. Comment below and I’ll have her address it in a follow up post!