Training with a baby

Exercise has always been important to me. It makes me feel rejuvenated for the day ahead. I was concerned though how I would train after Hunter was born. Everyone talks about letting themselves go after having kids, how there isn't any time  anymore. I had no idea what exercising with a baby would look like. Having Hunter was definitely going to change things...I didn't know it would be for the best though.

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When I was pregnant we decided to invest in a home gym so we had more felixibility about when we could train. We had a small space in our garage, It's not a lot of room but we filled it to the brim with anything we could afford. A set of dumbbells, kettle bells, Olympic bar, weight plates, a cage with a pulley system and lots of resistant bands and attachments. It's enough to do everything I would have done at the gym except some isolated exercises. We couldn't go to the gym so we brought the gym to us. Some days I can train for a full hour while Hunter naps or plays with me in the gym, other days it's a 20 minutes session before he wakes up or wants cuddles. When I train and for how long revolves around him, not the other way around but I always get a workout in no matter how short. He is nearly 10 months old now and I haven't missed a day in the gym since my 6 week check up. 

We walk every day. This is the easiest thing you can do with a baby, generally they love the pram and if they are anything like Hunter nature will catch his eye at every turn. We walk most mornings as a family to take our 2 year old lab, Shadow, for a walk. This is the way I love to start my day. Family time, exercising and being outdoors. We are lucky to live 300m from a creek trail and enjoy the scenery each morning. I aim for 10,000 purposeful steps a day and then the rest are just a bonus. We will walk 3km most mornings. 

Running is where I will pick up most of my steps though. I've spoken about how I got my fitness back before in my training for a half marathon post. I love to run. I prefer it without the pram, it's easier! So I will go for a run either before our morning walk or after before Michael goes to work if I have time. Otherwise I take the pram for a shorter run. I am also back at work so on those days I get up extra early to fit in a gym session, walk and a quick run. Most days I will run 3-6km. I'll push myself harder when I train for another half marathon but for now I do it because I enjoy it. It might seem like a lot, but that's what I'm used to doing. It means at the end of the day I can spend time with my family, cooking dinner or just watching TV and know that I've accomplished so much in my day.

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If you drove past my house you might also see a crazy lady exercising in her lounge room, playing with a baby and watching some TV all at the same time. Multitasking should be an olympic sport - no doubt a mum would take the gold. I'll often incorporate Hunter into my workouts too. Doing pushups over him while giving him a kiss always gets a giggle. I'll hold him and do lunges and squats and shoulder press with him. He just thinks it's all a game; we're bonding, having fun and I'm getting stronger - it's a win win if you ask me!

Hunter hasn't prevented me from exercising at all, if anything I do more now. He's motivated me to be a fitter, stronger and healthier mum. I do all this on a plant-based diet, and in a time of my life where I should be exhausted from the sleepless nights, I have more energy and I am fitter than I have ever been. A home gym or not, if you really want something bad enough you will make it a priority. Just start with a walk, you never know where you'll end up.

Emilly x