The Challenges of Finding Time to Exercise after Pregnancy

Finding time to exercise after you kids is hard but not impossible. Photo: adria.richards via Flickr.If I had a nickel for every time an overweight woman blamed her weight gain on pregnancy, I’d be driving a Ferrari, or at least carrying a much nicer handbag. Another line I often heard was, “Exercise? Sure I chase the kids around all day.” “That isn’t exercise,” I would say (in my head, of course). And then I became pregnant, had a baby, and now see why these truly are legitimate ‘excuses.’ As a person who had always prioritized exercise and appreciated its enormous health benefits, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea of not finding the time. Wow, was I in for a rude awakening.

While there are plenty of opportunities to walk in the neighbourhood, the mall, or the mega-supermarket – and we walk daily – it doesn’t provide the intensity I desire. Every day I intend to exercise after dinner, yet to date, I have not managed to muster up the energy.  My vast collection of exercise videos sits in plain view under the television, but my daughter seems to find trouble the second I hit the “play” button. So I (we) do sets of squats in the kitchen, lunges up and down the hallway, short jogs through the house with the baby on my shoulders, sit ups on the stability ball holding her as a weight, and on Sundays, when my husband is home babysitting (aka, watching football), I spend a solid hour working out hard at the gym. I’m passionately protective of my Sunday workouts. After all, exercise to me is much more than having a toned backside. It’s my stress-release, my therapist, my fun, my adrenaline and endorphin rush, my ‘alone time,’ my chance to listen to really loud music, and my hour away from my everyday reality.

If you’re in the same boat, tune in next time for some ideas and strategies.

By Lisa Tsakos| March 09, 2011
Categories:  Blog

About the Author

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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