Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Are You Really Ready For A Baby?

There comes a time when a couple decides, hey let's make a baby. Congratulations! But are you really ready?

I'm not talking about mentally or financially or ready in your relationship. I'm coming at it from a totally different perspective. Are you ready to physically be a parent?

Let's say you haven't been physically active in years. You go to work and try to move as little as possible so you don't sweat in your nice work clothes, but of course you are sitting and stressing a ton. Then when you get home you are so exhausted from not moving but stressing, and now you want to move even less than you did at work.

But now you decide it's time for baby. So you have one. All of a sudden mommy has to carry 20-70 extra pounds depending on how much baby weight she gains. Is your body, especially your back ready? It's probably unpleasant enough physically as it is, compound weakness on top of that. How more tired or grumpy would you be compared to someone who is physically strong enough to carry that extra weight?

Now you have the baby. Let me ask this, how many times a day do you think you will pick up your baby? Do you ever wonder why so many Americans with kids have bad backs? How many mothers do you know with bad backs? I think every mother that I know of has a bad back.

Let's skip ahead. Now the baby is an infant. Maybe 25lbs. If you picked the baby up a minimum of 50 times, that's like moving 1250lbs of bricks every day. And you went from 0 activity to lifting thousands of pounds per day. No wonder you are exhausted. No wonder you have no patience left. No wonder parents throw out their backs picking up their kid. Or why grandparents throw out their back playing with the grandchildren.

In previous times, our daily level of activity was high so carrying a baby wasn't as big of a deal. Women were built for it, weaker upper body but strong hips, glutes, and thighs. And men were used to hauling heavy things anyway. Now we don't even mow our own lawns. And instead of our legs, we use our backs, for everything. The back used to have a few tasks per day. Now it has to do everything because all the other muscles in our bodies are too weak. The back will always be strong. But will we overwork it?

So in your grand scheme of having a baby, where does strength fit into the equation? Working out after a baby to lose the weight is after the fact. What about working out before the baby and investing in your health?

About the Author:

Coach Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Coach, Certified Nutritionist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Pilates and Yoga instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook and Pinterests.
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