Exercise and Energy
I know I’ve been talking about exercise recently, but I’m getting back in the game after two pregnancies and two c-sections and I’m excited about it!
First of all, we joined a gym. At the time we joined, we had no idea this winter would be as hard as it has turned out to be and having a place to go – with outstanding childcare – has saved my sanity on more than one occasion.
Last week was the blizzard – you all know this. And between that and a sick-ish baby, we didn’t make it to the gym at all. By the end of the week, I was beyond tired. I mean, I was first-trimester tired (and I’m not pregnant). Everything about me felt like it was dragging.
This week, I made a point to get back to the gym. And as a bonus, my exercise buddy and I reconnected and were able to hit the treadmills two days in a row together. Good conversation and a workout has done me wonders.
For the first time in a very long time, I feel not just not tired, but I feel energized. Two days in a row I have had the energy to push through my children’s nap time instead of crawl into bed at the first sign of quiet. Now, I still gave myself quiet time yesterday (today was a whole different story with my children tag-teaming naps…I NEEDED the energy), but I didn’t have to drag myself through the day, which was becoming the norm.
Before my pregnancies, I was a regular exerciser. But during my second pregnancy, I had to cut it out altogether and opt for lots of bed-lying and low lights, thanks to pregnancy migraines. For the first time in my life, I took a real hiatus from exercise.
Which is why I think I am seeing such dramatic results right now. After being away from it for so long, I am amazed at how my body responds so positively to a little extra movement, a little sweating, a little physical challenge. Exercise really has given me extra energy.