I’m being compensated to write this post by Bookieboo LLC in a blogger campaign with Omron Healthcare. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
This past Thursday I had the opportunity to drive up to Santa Barbara and meet with Bob Greene, Oprah’s trainer. It was an amazing opportunity and I am so happy to have been chosen. We worked out on the beach, had a delicious lunch and also had the chance to grill Bob Greene, who is truly a top tier fitness expert. I’m sharing my story from the day and also some really life-changing tips from the expert – for those, skip to the bottom.
On the beach:
While power-walking across the beach, I had this epiphany moment and it really took me by surprise. See, this is a weird time in my ongoing fitness journey. I’ve always been a super fit, active, nutrition nut and I have definitely never understood people’s emotional attachments (read: issues) with exercise. I mean, just do it, right?
This past year I was put on prescribed bedrest due to complications with my second pregnancy. I’m talking zero activity, be afraid to stand up, kind of bedrest. It was horrible for an active person like myself and I guess it really messed with my mind. While I didn’t gain excessive weight, I did lose a great deal of my muscle tone. It made me feel lethargic, weak and like… someone else.
Jump forward 7 months post birth to now. I look perfectly fit and I’m happy with how I look but I hate how I feel. So, I’m power-walking down the beach, right? The ocean is just shimmering with beauty, the weather is perfect, Oprah’s trainer is power-walking with me, but all I can think is “just put one foot in front of the other.” And then this pops in my head.
“I don’t trust my body anymore.”
While that may seem like a straight up confidence issue, I don’t think it’s that simple and I don’t think I’m the first postpartum woman to feel this way – tentative in my new body (as similar as it may look to before). What does it all mean?!
Fast forward to lunch:
I was given 10 minutes to speak one on one with Bob Greene. I came prepared with my list full of questions asking how postpartum moms (read: dog-tired, no time-having) can get fit, not just maintain in 30 minutes a day. The first question that popped out of my silly mouth was about the epiphany I had discovered just hours before. I saw the can spring open and worms go everywhere… and also a perplexed face on Bob Greene. Bob handled it like a pro and let me know this was not the type of question he’s used to answering. What had I done? 10 minutes really flies by… and so I never got to ask about Oprah… DOH!!!!
from the Instagram…
But when I came to write my post, I was happy about the whole experience and couldn’t wait to share. Maybe even find out I’m not the only one (please?) who is unsure of her postpartum body. Fitness and emotions can be so intertwined, for me, hindering. Bottom line: get out of your head and get active!
I did get a chance to ask Bob Greene about the time management issue. Earlier at lunch, he said that you have to put the work in to see improvements, plain and simple. An hour a day. Red flags flew up in my head – how could I come back and report that to you ladies with newborns? So in my one on one I asked Bob:
How can postpartum moms, or busy moms in general, get FIT (not just maintain) in 20-30 min a day? I was prepared for the answer – they can’t.
His answer – Where you lose time, add intensity. An intense workout 30 minutes a day will help busy moms go beyond maintaining and reach their fitness goals. When possible, add time to your daily workout by including the kids. Grab that jogging stroller and go for a brisk uphill walk or run. That added baby weight will melt off your own baby weight faster. It is possible to be in the shape you want with just 30 minutes a day, in fact, short distance marathon runners in general are in better shape than their long distance counterparts. The key is to find that intensity level where you can talk but would rather not and stay there.
Other nuggets of workout wisdom I learned from Bob Greene:
- If you can run, you should.
- The exercise that scares you the most, the one you really hate, is the one you need most. There is a reason why it is hard for you.
- If you are not in discomfort, you are not doing anything. Push yourself to higher levels of discomfort and learn to deal with it. The best athletes simply have a higher threshold of discomfort.
- If you feel you have hit a plateau, you simply need to adjust your workout Raise the bar because your body is stronger now and used to your existing routine. Challenge yourself!
- Never do the same cardio more than three days a week. This leads to overuse injury. Mix it up!
- Women – don’t be afraid of bigger weights, you will not bulk up. Do fewer reps with heavier weights, just like a man has always been told to do. You will love the tone and definition without looking like a bodybuilder. Trust.
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For the rest of you, there are many more chances to win tomorrow at the Fall Into Fitness Twitter Party! We’ll be giving away an Omron Fitness device EVERY 4.5 MINUTES!! Details:
When: September 24
Time: 9-10:30pm EST (6-7:30pm PST)
See you there!
Have you struggled with your postpartum body, emotionally or physically? What do you think of Bob Greene’s Tips? Comment below!