Instagram would have you believe that #fitness means abs, bikinis and sexy poses - and that you get a trophy for looking like your pre-pregnancy self as fast as possible.
True fitness is the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task. True fitness is building a body that can handle anything, ward off acute + chronic conditions and keep you strong, healthy + happy for life.
Before you set out in any post partum fitness program, it's important to evaluate where you are right now.
Your body is different than it was one year ago, or five years ago, and it looks & feels much different than the body you'll have in three years time.
This is all fine.
The body you have today is yours - move it & love it.
Why not just any fitness program?
You are different from everyone else in that group class.
That trainer you hired may not truly understand what diastasis rectus means.
Cardio without strength will not do the things for your body that you truly need.
You've spent the last 10 months transforming your body.
Things have shifted, and look and feel different than they once did.
Establishing a solid foundation rooted in exercise science in which to layer fitness upon is vital to your longevity.
A post partum fitness program should not solely be focused on aesthetics, on how you look, on the body "bounce-back." While it is ok to be training for aesthetics, this should not be the sole focus.
I'll admit, in the final weeks of my pregnancy, at 190lbs from 150lbs, I have been reminiscing on old workout videos, PRs and what my body looked like last year. I've whispered "I'll be back soon" to my closet full of my beautiful, untouched clothes. It's taken intentional thought to stop myself from body negativity, or want to speed life up to be back in my "old body."
The fact is - you and I need specialized fitness training before we get back to our old training ways. We need to build a solid foundation upon which we can layer additional fitness. We need to ensure we get more than a quick checkmark from an MD that were "cleared for exercise."
Before getting started with the ANCHOR post partum fitness program, you will have a consultation with Dr. Alli.
Things that will be covered in your initial consult
- type + time of birth
- pain medication used at the time of birth
- activity level prior to birth
- complication during pregnancy or birth
- current injuries
...this is all to ensure you are starting into fitness at an appropriate time for you.
I believe in movement.
I believe in self care.
I believe in bringing baby to life with you!
I believe in being patient with yourself.
Most of all, I believe in physical, mental and emotional wellness to achieve top quality of life.
- Dr. Alli Cain