Here we go with the 3rd fitness post for June! We started with a healthy weekly meal prep
, followed up with a good full body weight workout
you can do at home, and now it’s time to talk cardio and get our booties moving!
I’m 4 months post-partum now and 5 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight, although my body composition is still different (i.e. less muscle). I started incorporating brisk walks when Jordan was 4 weeks old. Before I started walking, I was sitting around and not getting any exercise, and I felt like I was starting to get depressed. Not because I wasn’t in shape, but because I wasn’t moving. As soon as I started getting active again, it was like an instant positive mood change!
At 6 weeks, with the go-ahead from my doctor, I started jogging and now I try to jog several times a week. If you follow me on snapchat (@honeywerehome), you’ve seen me in action! You can read my ‘body after baby’ 6-week and 12-week updates here.
Cardio is any exercise that gets your heart rate up and increases blood circulation throughout your body. It’s important not only for helping lose weight, but also for stronger heart and lungs, reduced stress and even relief from depression and anxiety. You can get your cardio in in a variety of ways from biking, swimming, stairmaster, classes, videos, etc. but I prefer running because it doesn’t require any special equipment and you don’t have to go to a gym to do it. Even when you don’t FEEL like going for a run, when you’re finished you’ll FEEL a million times better!
Because my time is limited, I usually just go out my front door and do a 3-mile run.
While it’s true you don’t need any equipment for a good walk, jog, or run, a quality running shoe is so important. I’ve tried lots of running shoes over the years, but my new absolute favorite are the Nike Free RN Flyknit
. Right now, you can try them for 30 days
and if you end up not liking them, send them back for a free refund. But you’ll like them, I’m sure. The Nike Free technology lets the shoe flex, expand and contract with your foot during every step, which is what I guess contributes to that optimized fit so it moves with your foot naturally as you run.
When I run at home, I’m jogging on the street or sidewalk, and that can be really hard on your feet, ankles, knees, back, etc. But, when I started running in these shoes, I felt so much more cushioned. It doesn’t feel like you’re running barefoot or like most of my shoes that feel very protective, but more stiff, this shoe feels cushiony, but still very stable. It’s my favorite running shoe I’ve tried by far.
5 Tips for Getting Started Running
If you’re not a runner (yet!) or don’t enjoy it, I have some tips for you!
1) Along with a good running shoe, wear quality socks!
You might not have thought this would matter, but I promise it’ll make a difference! When you wear socks
that don’t breathe, your feet get all sweaty and it contributes to blisters and just an uncomfortable feeling when you run. You don’t want to be distracted during your run where all you can think about is how bad your feet feel, like when your shoes are rubbing the back of your ankle. Years ago I got rid of all the socks I didn’t LOVE to wear and now only go for the best. You don’t need that many, a few good pairs will last you a long time. Better to have a couple you love than tons you don’t.
2) Wear a good, supportive sports bra.
Even if you’re not well-endowed, a good sports bra
will keep the girls in check and make for a more comfortable run. #nobrainer
You can find high support bras here
3) Run with music! I know some people are purists and prefer the sound of nature and your own thoughts when running, but I swear by jamming out to some good tunes that inspire you to keep going. I plan to post my play list soon, so stay tuned!
4) Do interval training. By that, I mean run for a set time, then walk. You can start with just 30 seconds running and 2 minutes walking and repeat for 30 minutes. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up, then recover so you don’t get burned out. It also keeps things interesting, so it passes the time faster!
Another way of doing intervals is to jog one song, walk one song. Or play games with your landscape. You can run from one light pole to the next and walk the next two. I’m not a fast runner, but that doesn’t matter, it just matters that you get your heart rate up and it doesn’t necessarily take running fast to do that. A moderate jog can do it for you.
I promise you, you’ll feel so good when you’re done! AND you will start to see the benefits in how your body changes.
5) Just do it for 30 days!
Even if you don’t typically exercise, I encourage you to just head out your front door and go for a walk! Get some fresh air, move, breathe! Try it for a month and see if you don’t look and feel better in 30 days! And hey, you can use the Nike 30-day trial
as incentive. If you don’t like the shoes after 30 days, send them back for a full refund.
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Did you ever run/walk in the Nike Free 4.0? The shoe you shared here is its replacement, and I'm wondering how they compare.
No, my previous Nikes were the Air Pegasus. Even though the Air Pegasus is good, I like this one so much better!
These tips are so true. I'm more of a sprinter and not a runner, but now with G, Chris and I go on several runs a week. We always play games with our landscape and incorporate squats and push-ups at random street corners! And I'm in the market for some new tennis shoes, so I'll be convincing the hubby tonight that I need these 🙂
That is such a good idea! I do the same (squats, pushups, walking lunges) when I take James to the park. Let me know how you like these shoes if you get them! I bet you'll love them!
You look great!! Are you sure you just had a baby? 😉
So sweet! I'm just happy in my skin and that's the best feeling.
have u counted calories at all to lose your baby weight?
No, I don't restrict calories because I want to keep my milk supply up- I'm exclusively breastfeeding. I eat several meals a day and also try to get protein at each meal.
But it's so hoooooooooooooot! 🙂 You look amazing, and you've almost motivated me to do something. 😉
So true! I run at night and it's still hot as balls! 😉
I have a 4 month old too and am nursing too. How in the world do you run with these (huge) boobs?! I have some good Nike sportsbras but I still can't run without holding my (bouncing) boobs – which is not a great sight! I had resigned myself to just walking until nursing was over – how do you do it?!
These nursing boobs are no joke! I just wear a tight bra and go! If my good running bras are dirty, I double up and wear 2 sports bras.
You look great! Do you have any tips for preventing loose tummy skin after pregnancy?
Thank you Melissa! I wish! I have loose tummy skin too but it's still not as noticeable because I still have belly fat. Before, when I was training for a bikini contest, my tummy did tighten some with diet and exercise and I also rubbed preparation H on my tummy at night. I'm not sure if it helped, but possibly, so worth a try.
Any advice on how to listen to music without having to hold the bulky phone? I am also afraid of dropping the phone. Do you use an arm band or waist band?
I know! I only like holding the phone because I can check my heartrate app while I run. I think an arm band would be better though or a mini iPod.