I did take a few walks, not many though. What I didn't realize, is that I wasn't even supposed to do this until six weeks after my surgery. Oops!
I put Evie in her ergo and headed out for a couple short walks around the lake - only 3km but with some good uphill portions. I pushed her stroller around our condo - only about 1-2km and there were quite a few uphill portions. (We live on top of a mountain).
Since getting the go-ahead to work out I've been taking it pretty slow. I've walked up and down the mountain, about 6km, with Evie in the ergo. I've walked down the mountain with her in the BOB stroller. Wow! I couldn't walk without pain for two days afterwards - good workout.
I've done a few days of Jillian Micheals' 30-Day Shred - but none of this has been done on a regular basis.
This week I decided to do something a little harder, I took my very first stroller spin class at JDF Rec Centre. It was tough.
For stroller spin you put your babe in the stroller and put it right next to your spin bike. There were only six mamas there, in a large fitness room, so there was tons of space to spread out. While I was on the bike there were a few moments when I was trying to sprint and rock Evie in her stroller to keep her happy. Talk about multitasking.
In previous spin classes the instructor would give us a range, in this class the instructor said to put our bikes at a specific tension level. And either I'm out of shape, or she is a tough cookie.
We did a ton of hills and sprinting. For one song she had us sitting for 5 sec. then standing for 5 sec. then to 3 sec. - you get the idea.
It was at this point that I realized I really need to strengthen my core. I got a major pain, like a cramp, just under my rib cage. It was so painful to stand, I finally realized it was my core protesting!
But it was a great hour workout, regardless of the pain.
Somewhere in the middle of the class I glanced into the mirror that spans the fitness room wall, and every single mom was staring down, adoringly, at their little babes. It was kind of amazing.
I really appreciated that the class was accommodating to babies, whether they were fussy or wanted to coo and play. There were no dirty looks or awkward feelings. If you needed to stop mid-class to stick a soother back in their mouth, to move a crawling baby away from your pedals or even join the class late - it was all good.
So for mamas looking to get back into shape I would definitely recommend a stroller fitness class. Especially since many gym daycares won't accept babies under six months.