I’m 2 weeks into my New Mums Fitness challenge and happy to report its going great guns.
It kicked off (s’cuse the tedious link) with the most amazing pair or running shoes I have every slipped my little tootsies into. Before I was introduced to the world of wet tests, running styles and pronations, I had no idea I was a neutral runner with an under pronation thanks to sportshoes.com , before watching their video I thought trainers were just defined by their logo appeal. Wrong!
They sent me a pair of Asics gel – cumulus running shoes which were chosen from the result of my wet test and running style and wow what a difference. I practically bounced off on my first speed walk. I think I may have even stumbled upon the secret to what makes runners run, it’s like entering the Magic Circle. Just the psycology of looking the part helps get you in the mood for exercise. In these bad boys I didn’t feel such a nonce strutting my stuff, next stop is to find some appropriate clothing, minus the crop, I’m not sure there will ever be a call for one of them, but never say never. (although the teenager will probably have something to say about that)
Not forgetting that this is a new mums fitness challenge, to make sure it fits in with the constraints of balancing baby, business and blog, I’ve been clever with my time. I’ve started with a brisk walk with the buggy and dog straight after the school run in the morning.
At the moment I’m using my trusty Quinny Buzz as my walk is a combination of road and rough ground but this is quite restricting. Kiddicare.com has some great tips which I’ve been following to get me started and have some good recommendations on the types of buggy and slings which would be good for jogging here. (I didn’t even realise you should wait until 6 months after having a baby to start jogging.
While the Quinny has a lockable front wheel and pneumatic tyres, it doesn’t have a hand break which is really useful with all the hills in my village and the front tyre is no good over bumpy ground. Something like the Out and About Nipper or Britax Bob tick all the right boxes.
I’ve also been out on a few longer speed walks with Baby R in the sling, I use a CatBirdBaby which can be used on the front as well as the back. I prefer using an ergonomic sling and am currently researching a good ne to switch to for an older baby/small toddler, but am quite taken with the Manduca so far. Using the sling means I can go off road and make the most of the coast paths which the dog loves. (as a Coastguard’s dog, he’s well trained, so please don’t worry!)
To keep me motivated I’m using a FitBit fitness tracker. I really can’t recommend this enough. I’ve tried tracking my steps and setting goals before using iPhone apps which haven’t been great as it isn’t permanently with me (despite what my husband might say) but as the FitBit is worn like a watch, it’s a much more reliable way of seeing how I’m doing.
I’ve set a 10,000 steps challenge and once I reach it, it buzzes. I like to think of that as little round of applause. As it syncs to an app on my phone I’m able to see exactly how many steps I’ve taken, kilometres walked and calories burned. Where I’ve had rubbish days, I’ve made it up by walking the longer way on the school pick up or going on a different dog walk. I’ve also signed up to the Mums Day’s Fitness club which I unfortunately missed this week. I know, rubbish start, but her posts are inspiring me along.
So that’s the story so far. My next steps are to up the steps tracker challenge to 12500 a day and increase my activity time to an hour by upping the ante on my brisk walks. I’m still nervous to switch to a jog after suffering with hip pain during my last pregnancy but as soon as I’m confident that my body will cope and I have the right kit, I’m there.
Watch this space…