Fitness after Baby #2

workouts after baby

A few of you asked about getting back in to shape after having a baby. Gunnar is now nine months old and I’ve finally started to nail down a fairly strict (yet fluid) health and fitness regime. I decided it would be a great time to share what I’ve been doing to ‘get my body back’.

working out with kids

First, coming to terms with the fact that my body will probably never get back to ‘normal’ was key. This amazing body has had two children, sits at a desk for a good chuck of the day and enjoys wine more than water so yeah, it’ll take longer to get strong abs and that is A-okay. Remembering my body created two beautiful babies makes abs seem trivial.

workout out after baby

Strength training is critical. Carrying a 25 lb baby (yes, he is THAT big already!), sitting at a desk and missing out on some serious zzz’s depletes my energy in a major way.  Luckily, strength training elevates endorphins which helps boost energy levels, contributes to more restful sleep and serves as a natural anti-depressant.  This is hugely important for new moms suffering baby blues like me. I take an OrangeTheory class 1-2 a week to get my weight training fix.

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Get sweaty and social. KW and I will have a workout date instead of a fancy dinner more often than not. We choose a gym that has childcare we felt comfortable with and go together when we can. On a whim, we took Zumba a few weeks ago and we can’t wait to go back again! It was hilarious…. mostly for him because I have no rhythm. 🙂

Hold yourself accountable any way you can. If you know you have trouble holding yourself accountable get friends to nag you or sign up for an event you’ll need to train for. I’m definitely more likely to stick to something when there’s external pressure and signing up for a half-marathon has helped me stick to a moderately stringent running schedule. I’m running the race with KW and a group of girlfriends, so they are all holding me accountable too. We tell each other when we are training and it’s been so inspiring. (I’ll see you in April, Nashville!)

working out after baby

Everything in moderation, including moderation. I’m still nursing and you can trust me when I say, I am ravenous. Being hangry all the time can lead even the best of us to grab some junk food and devour it, so I do make a point to carry healthy snacks at all times. I keep snacks in my bag, my car, my desk and home. My favorite snacks are string cheese, fresh fruit, greek yogurt with almonds and chips and guac. For the non-perishable variety, I eat a ton of This Bar Saves Lives – the dark chocolate cherry and sea salt is f’ing delish and I probably have 1-2 every day.  🙂

Wearing: Bra / leggings / tank (all c/o Lucy) / similar Nike shoes also love these for everyday wear.

Maternity Style: My Fitness Routine

maternity workout style

due date training

I love to get my workouts in as often as my schedule allows. Being pregnant may change my workouts, but doesn’t mean that you’ll find me skipping the gym. If anything, I’m more dedicated to maintaining a maternity fitness routine than my regular regimen because there’s so much research out there boasting about the benefits working out during pregnancy provides both baby and mom. With the health of Baby Boy Wagner and a safe (and dear God, make it fast) delivery in mind, I’ve settled in to a pre-natal fitness routine that helps me feel great.

maternity workout style

Barre class: 2 times weekly. Barre works your whole body and introduces light cardio leaving you glowing and sore after each class. The added stability from barre makes glute and leg work safer so you can get deep in to the muscles without risking being knocked off balance. Running through 50-minute routines which include kegels and pliés (think controlled squats) helps prep the body for late-stage pregnancy by toning pelvic and leg muscles.

maternity workout clothes

Swimming: 1-2 times a week. With my last pregnancy, I began swimming regularly after taking years off. Having spent a lot of time swimming as a kid and young adult, I knew swimming would be a great pre-natal cardio workout and that balancing in my new body wouldn’t be an issue. After delivery, my lap swim sessions came to an end for too long, but the three of us recently picked up passes to the local pool to enjoy the water together. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen Harlowe taking her first solo swim lesson. I am one proud mama and am really looking forward to logging my own time in the pool!

easy maternity workout ideas

Yoga: 1 time weekly. Not pregnant, yoga is my favorite workout. I like fast-paced flow or ashtanga, and if it’s set to pop music, that’s even better. Pregnant, that type of vigorous flow isn’t for me. I’ve been taking Iyengar and ‘flow 1’ classes that are more relaxing than vigorous. I tried prenatal yoga, but that was a little too slow-paced for my liking and I found that going a little bit harder and making modifications where needed gave me more satisfaction … and a deeper stretch!

due date training

Before you go, Fashletics is giving Bethanimalprint readers 10% off athletic-inspired jewelry and apparel. Just use code: BETHANIMAL.  They have super-cute maternity tanks, but there are plenty of non-maternity options that are sure to inspire you to sweat more. Shop now because the code will expire on July 10th.

Wearing: Fashletics tank c/o / Lululemon shorts and bra/ Nike Internationalist shoes

Pssst… in case you missed it, I’m giving away a Father’s Day gift set from Old Spice! Enter here if you haven’t yet and be sure to tell your friends!

Maternity Activewear: Save or Splurge + Lookbook Video

maternity fitness apparel

Hi guys! Sticking to my regular(ish) workouts throughout this pregnancy has given me another excuse to go shopping (because I need maternity activewear, duh!).  Okay, maybe I don’t need it, but since I’m not swimming as much this pregnancy I decided to indulge in a few pieces for the gym. I splurged on one outfit and got a budget-friendly option to compare the two! Check out my first-ever video lookbook featuring maternity activewear to find out which pieces came out on top — the save or the spurge? I think you’ll be surprised! PS – Forgive the Banker for the long pauses on my knees.  And me for my editing skills. I hope you enjoy!

maternity fitness apparel

Shop maternity activewear from this video + other favorites from these brands below:

33 Activewear Pieces Under $40

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The moment gym shoes and track pants appeared on the runways, chic and affordable workout clothes began popping up everywhere. Being fashion forward while you sweat has never been more chic or affordable. I’ve scoured the interwebs (and personally stalked a few women at SoulCycle… why is everyone so stylish there?!) to bring you 33 stylish pieces of athletic wear under $40. With these budget-friendly price tags, all your sweat can be saved for Bikram Yoga.

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Fitness Frenzy: Arms and Back

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 Hi all! I just got back from sunny LA where I attended the LuckyFABB Conference and spent some time soaking up the sun with my girlfriends. I didn’t get in a single workout or healthy meal while I was out there, but I did exercise the age-old mantra, ‘everything in moderation.’ Think I could resist munching on french fries and rosé on the roof of the SLS with Caity, Cara, Kat, Carlina and Donna? Hell no. 

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