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It feels good to be doing this again, if it feels little repetitious, since I’ve done Fit2B Beginning several times before. That being said, the amazing team at Fit2B has added several new workouts to this pathway that I haven’t had time to try yet, so I’m looking forward to it.
I mostly did this workout without the chair, but having one nearby for support is a good idea. It is definitely a good transition workout from doing just the Foundational Five. It’s also especially helpful if you are struggling with balance or aren’t usually physically active. It’s slow moving enough to do in the evening if you want to wind down, but it would also make a good wake up workout in the morning.
I have done this workout, perhaps hundreds of times. While I never get tired of it, in this case, I was forced to add a new challenging element; my fussy, 14 lb baby. Wow, talk about a challenging workout. Just remembering to keep my core engaged required so much concentration. Fortunately, I’m still splinting at least part time, especially while exercising, in an effort to expedite the healing of my abdominal separation. Plus turning all arm movements into alternating arm work and constantly shifting the babies weight from one side to the other. (Though when I started lifting up and down and jiggling him back and forth during the side step arm movements, he actually stopped fussy and started smiling, at least before he threw up on me). Why do I tell you all of this? Because I want to encourage you, try to do something, even if it seems impossible. Sometimes 15 minutes is more than I have. In this case it was involve the baby, or don’t workout. I choose to include the baby, even if it meant I didn’t get as full a workout as I was hoping.
This week the Neck Routine was my chosen chair routine. It is mostly a stretching workout, though toward the end it did work my upper arms as well. I have a lot of regular neck tension (someday I really need to do 14 Days to a Better Neck) from nursing and holding the baby, hunching to pick up things off the floor and generally looking down at almost everyone in my home. This routine really helps to relieve that regular stress my neck is put through just in my daily living.
I’ve always liked this workout. It’s gentle but not just a stretching workout. It can be done anytime, energizing your for the day or calming you before bed. It’s also a nice intro to a few common yoga poses, if you’ve never done yoga before.
For my stretching routine this week I chose Restorative Poses II
A new workout! I always love the chance to try a new routine. I love the original Restorative Poses, so I had high hopes for this one as well. It didn’t disappoint. This is a great choice when you are tired, sore or mentally exhausted. As with the other relaxing workouts, this is best done when there are no small children around. This could serve as a good transition to sleep, but also a calming start to the day.
For my two days of bonus cardio I choose Mommy and Me and Basic Aerobics III
This is probably going to be my only chance to try the Mommy and Me workouts before my baby gets too big. At six months old, he’s petite for his age, otherwise he’d probably still be too big. While this may not be designed to be a strong cardio routine, it definitely had my heart pumping and my baby loved it.
I won’t belabor the fact that I love this workout. I did it multiple times during my Foundational 5+ course. When I only have 15 minutes or so and I need some cardio, I almost always choose this or Basic Aerobics II.
Just trying to exercise five or more days a week has been a big challenge right now, but I’m trying to just take it a day at a time. If you are having trouble getting into a good rhythm as I am, just do the best you can. If you miss a day, just pick up the next day. The important thing is that we’re moving forward.