Today's workout was brought to me thanks to my Moby Wrap. I bought one of these a month ago because it became clear, soon after bringing The Boy home from the hospital, that he didn't much care for being anywhere other than in the arms of a warm body. This, I reasoned, was payback for having an active pregnancy. He is used to a lot of jiggling, bouncing, swinging, etc. He wants to be "worn." I've used baby carriers and slings, but both are hard on my already moody back and neck. The Moby Wrap, however, divvies of the weight of my growing baby--already 13 lbs!--across both shoulders and my hips. Divine.
Typically I wear The Boy in the late afternoon/early evening while making dinner, bathing kids, and other end-of-day-get-these-kids-to-bed activities, that are all the more difficult if you have a screaming newborn on your hands. When I put The Boy in the wrap, he is asleep in seconds. Miraculous.
This morning, I put the Moby to work to help me get an honest to goodness workout. Which is to say a whole hour to exercise, versus five minutes to sneak in a few lunges or using The Boy as a medicine ball to twist side to side for a little extra core work. While happy to have started a Kegel Revolution, I am ready to expand my exercise repertoire. And so, I wrapped myself up (this looks more complicated than it is), stuffed The Boy inside and took off around a small lake with a 3-mile path around it. As predicted, The Boy was asleep in seconds, his heft adding a little extra resistance to my steps. And then, feeling so moved, I stopped to work in lunges and squats and push ups and tricep dips at every bench. There were a lot of benches. Invigorating.
I've always struggled to find time for strength exercise because I tend to place a premium on cardio when I work out. Typically, I'd go for a run, with every intention of doing my strength training upon returning home. But you know how it is once you're home. You walk through the door and it's "Mommy can I have some juice?" And on and on it goes until you realize it's 4 p.m. and you have yet to shower and you commit to those strength exercises next time. What I realized today is I could walk (or run once I'm back to it) and stop from time to time for 20 squat thrusts, walking lunges or push ups and be done before I hit my driveway. And for now, the best part of the deal is I can do this with a 13 lb. baby strapped to my chest. He is much cuter than a medicine ball. Come to think of it, if you're interested in working out with a weighted vest, a medicine ball in a Moby wrap would work just fine.