Shall we start the chant now? "Al-most there! Al-most there! Al-most there!"
It's the home stretch, guys. The next 6-10 weeks are going to FLY by and you can find every reason to skip out on exercise. Even though everything (like standing up) feels like exercise and leaves you winded (amen?)...your body still needs dedicated attention to feel its best! To find some motivation, it's super important to keep the end result in mind. Soon...you will endure the most physically challenging process a human body can do. Soon...you will have +/- 6-10 lbs in your arms at all times. Soon...you will be contorting your body is lots of funny ways for one reason or another--reaching for fallen objects, hoisting a car seat, multi-tasking, etc. And very soon, before you even realize it....you will be carrying 25 lbs in your arms and chasing him/her up and down stairs.
Prepare your body.
You can be ready.
You are capable of ENJOYING the physicality of motherhood.
And guess what? Even if you've done ZERO up until now, you can still gain strength, increase your range of motion, and feel like a big, beautiful million bucks.
PLIE SQUATS- 24 reps
Always and forever, you will do squats. To maintain full range of motion:
HIP ROTATORS- 12 reps/side
A movement desperately needed for your hip flexors!
INNER THIGH LEG LIFTS- 12 reps/side
Outer thigh leg lifts can be done laying on your side, but standing allows a larger motion to engage both sides of your quad and adds work for the stationary leg as well.
FLY + REVERSE FLY- 24 reps (each direction = 1)
Great movement for a healthy back and a balanced chest. Equal attention is given in both directions at a slow, controlled pace.
SINGLE SHOULDER PRESS- 48 reps (each side = 1)
Dumbbells can be used, but aren't necessary! By using "applied resistance", simply imagine you are holding heavy weights and focus on flexing all the way up. You'll feel it!
MODIFIED PUSH UPS- 24 reps
As with squats, the feeling is synonymous with push ups. They are part of every strength workout!
LAYING HAMSTRING CURL- 12 reps/side
Another great combo move to engage the outer thighs, hips, and hamstrings. Position is comfortable for bellies of all sizes!
Finish up with 10 kegels, 10 stomach vacuums (both explained at the end of the post here) and a giant glass of water!
Be kind to yourself and love your body. You are doing AMAZING!!