I was desperate to get back to the gym after having my gremlin but I was sensible and waited until I had my 6 week check. In the meantime I just walked and walked for hours at a time with her. It passed the time around meeting friends and breastfeeding and the fresh air worked wonders.
Even after my 6 week check I wasn’t always able to get to gym. This was mainly due to breastfeeding. My gremlin was brilliant at getting into a sleeping routine but her feeding never really got into any sort of pattern until she weaned. One of my friends managed to get her gorgeous girl to religiously feed every 3-4 hours. I tried this with my little one and the screaming and upset wasn’t worth it. So my time to exercise was always limited so I had to often make do with my garage.
I was quite lucky as my Bro-in-law gave me his cross trainer. I had bought a kettle bell and I could do a few bits. But if you’re a beginner with no equipment where do you start?
There’s also this myth that you have to exercise for hours at a time to lose weight, tone up and get fit. This just isn’t true. When I went back to exercise after my gremlin it was around the time I was introduced to High Intensity Exercise or HIIT. HIIT is basically where you alternate quite short intense periods of anerobic exercise (you don’t use oxygen) with less intense recovery periods. Another name for it is interval training. It is meant to be great for fat burning and increasing your cardiovascular fitness. You certainly don’t keep this form of exercise up for hours at a time; you simply don’t need to. A lot of the gym classes I do use this style of exercise; in spinning and boot camp for example. It’s also good when away on holiday or not at home if you want to fit some exercise in. My cousin snapped me doing some exercises on her drive when we stayed in the States last November. Not the most flattering shot!!
However, you don’t need to be at the gym for this. All you need is some space and time at home. Now I’m not a gym instructor or anything so like anyone else I decided to get on Pinterest and have a look for some ideas for HIIT workouts.
High intensity exercises are performed for short periods, there is a small gap and then they are repeated so some of the types of exercises you may include are:
- Sit ups
- Press ups