Something I’ve been pondering for a while – I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Since having a baby, I am really lacking the energy for high intensity exercise. I can walk till my legs ache, and I enjoy short runs, yoga and weight lifting. I have no trouble motivating myself to work out. But I can’t stand the thought of getting really out of breath in an athletic conditioning class or running a 10K race as fast as I can.
So I’ve been wondering…You know how there are studies that suggest willpower might be a limited resource capable of depletion? I’m wondering if the same is true of exercise potential – is it possible that some change since having a baby is draining some part of me that would otherwise be excited to do some high intensity exercise? I’m sure there are some of you with full-time jobs, 5 kids AND a crazy workout schedule full of sweat, so it’s definitely something others can do.
I can’t decide if there is something hormonal or physical going on or if I’ve just gotten lazy! I’m sleeping well again – 8-9 hours, mostly uninterrupted, so I can’t blame it on fatigue anymore. It could quite possibly be related to breastfeeding – I could see how the body would discourage high intensity exercise to preserve stores for feeding a child. Or maybe it’s just a sign that I’m out of shape?
Have those of you who have had kids felt a similar drop in workout intensity? Or, have any of you gone from a harder workout schedule to lower intensity and seen improvements in your life?