There’s this sad philosophy being perpetuated by our narcissistic culture that the “best you” is the one who looks like a super model. Do you want to become a better person? Get fit! Flat stomach, slender thighs, no jiggles under the arms – those are the things that make you a great person.
There are so many things wrong with this view point that I don’t want to get started on it lest this blog post become a mile long.
Suffice to say, I have no desire to contribute to this fallacy.
Instead, with this series of posts on fitness, I hope to encourage someone, somewhere, who feels like she (or he) doesn’t have time to exercise their bodies, that taking a little time out of your day To do just that is well worth while.
Why would this be so? Well, here’s my view point.
Ten years, and who knows how many kids from now, I’d like to still be fit enough to teach the aforementioned children how to do jumping jacks, to help Gabriel unroll bales of hay, or load cows, and who knows, maybe even ride a horse now and then.
All without having to worry about the effects that such activities may have on the ever famous post baby bladder. Oh yes, I went there.
Hey, at least I didn’t just out say say “without wetting my pants.”
So I guess you could say that I have a few very specific goals for my workouts.
- The already addressed bladder control issue.
- The ability to hold babies and toddlers without resulting in massive shoulder tension.
- Energy to keep up with well, life.
Will those things in mind, I’ll lead you wih a brief over view of my workouts last week.
Basically, I split things into two categories: upper body, and lower body.
Monday and Thursday are upper body days, with Tuesday and Saturday being lower body days.
So for last week:
Barbbel Bench press
Dumbbell bench press
Lat pull downs
30 minute walk
500 kettlebell swings
Barbell bench press
30 minute walk
I’m not completely happy with my Tuesday workout. The swings acted as some cardio as well as strength, but it still felt a bit lame as workouts go, so I added the lunges. This week (today actually) I plant to try some different squat varieties.
As for walking, as I mentioned last week, I’m not a big fan. Oh, I know it’s going to become challenging here in a few months, but until then, I think I may stick with some high intensity interval training (HIIT) in the form of kettlebell swings, and perhaps some sprints. I don’t think short sprints will be too hard on the pelvic floor muscles the way jogging is. We’ll see how it goes!
Hey, if you’re working out, even if it’s just a five minute walk, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment and tell me about it.