Over the weekend, I hit the stir-crazy point. I was SO sick of being in the house and on the couch â€“ since leaving the hospital, Iâ€™ve only really left the house to drive Henry to school and take Claire to the doctorâ€™s. I truly thought I was going to lose my mind if I didnâ€™t go do something else!
So over the weekend, I went to the grocery store AND took Henry to the playground while the Husband stayed behind with Claire (and a bottle, of course). IT FELT SO GOOD. Freeeeeeeeeeedom! The produce section was never so exciting. Hah.
I also started making an effort to exercise everyday. Hereâ€™s my workouts so far:
9 Days Post-Partum: Walked 0.25 mile
10 Days PP: Walked 0.50 mile
11 Days PP: Went on two walks for a total of 1.0 mile
12 Days PP: Went on two walks for a total of 2.0 miles
13 Days PP: Went on one 1.5 mile walk wearing Claire in the Ergo AND pushing Henry in the stroller <â€”oof!
For the first few walks, I walked until my stitches started to feel funny, and then I turned around. But by 11 days post-partum, I could walk a whole mile without any discomfort at all, and now Iâ€™m only really limited by what Henry or Claire will put up with. My â€˜planâ€™ is to go on at least one walk a day, everyday, until Iâ€™m cleared for more challenging workouts at my next doctorâ€™s appointment.
I donâ€™t really care how far I walk; itâ€™s more important to me to just get out there regularly. I would love to do a morning and evening walk, but that may be hard to swing with the winter weather! Regardless, it feels super good for the body + soul to get outside and smell the fresh air.
This is pretty much the technique that I used to get back into running shape post-Henry â€“ I walked until I was cleared to run, and then I used the Couch to 5K App (<â€”thereâ€™s my review of the app) to work my way up to jogging and running.
Some related content on WALKING <3 <3 <3
How to Walk a Half Marathon <â€”harder than it sounds!!
Walk Harder â€“ How to Make Your Walk More Challenging (plus a really yummy recipe)
Walk the Dog Workout <— a walking workout to do with your pup