January 9, 2013
new mama workout essentials
January is the time for resolutions, often about health, so I’m sharing my workout arsenal. I had heard about Tracy Anderson before and even added her post-pregnancy DVD to a birthday wish list. For some reason each DVD was selling for $30+, until recently when the prices dropped to under $10. With my new mom body, I had to jump for it.
Surrounded by a cold winter and an active baby, DVDs work for my life. I used the postpartum version during the summer, while Evelyn played underfoot and chewed on my yoga mat. I stopped to avoid burning too many calories while breastfeeding, but as my metabolism returns to normal, I’ll be starting the mat workout. On the days when I’m feeling gutsy, I’ll attempt the dance cardio.
The moves are unique and knit my muscles together into a feminine form. Tracy says that the day after you work out, you should feel ache-y, (like when you have the flu). This is because she works all your minor muscle groups, instead of the major ones (like quads, biceps, etc.) No bulk – love that.
However, the workout is one continuous chapter, so it is difficult to jump around on the DVD if you are a multi-tasking mom. I bought, but have yet to try, the dance cardio - mainly because I am self-conscious and have a tiny 9 month-old for an audience.
Tracy Anderson Method: Post-Pregnancy Workout, $9.99
Tracy Anderson Method: Mat Workout, $7.99
Tracy Anderson Method: Dance Cardio Workout, $7.99
and you'll need a mat and two pound weights.