You know you are a fitness junkie when one of the frequent thoughts that you ponder is how you will stay on top of your fitness regime following your postpartum recovery.

While I am no Super Mom of any sort I look forward to the day that I can jump back on the bandwagon, lift some weights and break a good sweat. For the time being I flock to resting on the couch, enjoying newborn snuggles and sneaking in the occasional walk when the weather allows. “Sprinter” sure seems to have given us a run for the money this year. Gladly I can say that I feel Winter is finally on it’s way out and Spring is here to stay. Woo hoo! I regress…


With the warmer temperatures, I have found myself getting outdoors a little more. Walking to the parks, bus stops or just around the neigbourhood. Being only 4 weeks postpartum there really isn’t much else that I can be doing that wouldn’t be too strenuous of an activity. My body surely has let me know that I need to slow down over the past weeks. Postpartum bleeding can be a good indicator of that. So until my 6 week postpartum appointment, I am not even going to considering doing much else than the above-mentioned. It is important to receive the a-OK from your family practitioner before jumping into any exercise routine, especially after giving birth to a child.

While it is quite tempting to dive back into those strenuous fitness programs that can be oh-so-challenging, my plan is to approach my new fitness routine with ease. Working out moderately 2 to 3 times a week for the first few weeks and working my way upwards from there. There will be no Jillian Michaels for me for the first little while, as much as I would love to say that there would be.  It just wouldn’t be realistic.

One Week Shred

Heck –  I have Jillian Michaels One Week Shred DVD sitting in it’s clear plastic wrapper screaming my name. The One Week Shred pushes you through two 30-minute workouts each day. A strength workout in the morning followed by a cardio workout in the evening. With the comprehensive exercise plan this DVD ensures that you are well on track t receive optimal fitness results in a short period of time.

Calorie Killer Yoga

Another DVD that I cannot wait to try out is Calorie Killer Yoga with Colleen Saidman. I really took to doing yoga during my pregnancy as it reaped many benefits, and I can’t wait to try out this program. Colleen Saidman leads you through 5 energizing practices on Calorie Killer Yoga. These practices include: Constant Cardio, Energy & Endurance, Sustained Burn, Rise & Shine and Balance & Restore. These practices are said to increase your metabolism, strength, flexibility, balance and focus. Yoga is a wonderful way to relieve stress making it a great exercise for your mind and body.

Have you tried any new exercise programs lately? Gaiam Canada has been kind enough to offer the readers of Domesticated Momma a Calorie Killer Workout Bundle. This bundle includes: Jillian Michaels One Week Shred, Calorie Killer Yoga with Colleen Saidman, a yoga mat and an Easy Cinch Yoga Sling. All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!

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63 Comments on Postpartum Recovery & Reestablishing a Regular Fitness Routine

  1. Tara
    April 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve done a couple Jillian Michaels workouts previously at your recommendation, but lately I haven’t done much. Would love to get back into yoga though (I keep talking about it, time to actually DO it.)

  2. Deanna T.
    April 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I am 39 years old. I have never tried a work out program. I’m curious to give it a whirl.

  3. Dawn
    April 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Would love to get back into yoga. Thanks!

  4. Suzanne G
    April 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm (4 years ago)

    I just recently bought Xtreme TimesaverTraining with Jackie Warner and love it. I also have had Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for a couple years and it is a go to I use at least once a week in my rotation.

  5. Vanessa
    April 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t really tried anything new lately, trying to fit in more running. Would love to do some yoga!

  6. Tasha
    April 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Honestly the only workout I do, if you want to call it one is walking. LOL! I don’t do a whole lot of strenuous exercises due to having Fibromyalgia and Chronic pain. But I did hear that Yoga is very good and relaxing. I would love to try Yoga out and get into a regular routine of being more active 🙂

  7. Cassandra Eastman
    April 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred!

  8. michelle
    April 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love ot get into Yoga – I tried it a few times and really enjoyed it, just cant commit the amount of money a membership costs

  9. Tannis W
    April 2, 2014 at 11:56 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any new workouts lately as I just had a baby two weeks ago! I do enjoy yoga style workouts and would like to try more yoga workouts!

  10. Terry Maigi
    April 3, 2014 at 7:37 am (4 years ago)

    I just recently started the Bikini Body Mommy workout program! So far I really like it!

  11. Tanis
    April 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm (4 years ago)

    Nothing yet after having my baby!!!

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2014 at 4:51 am (4 years ago)

      Congratulations on your new baby!

  12. Erin W
    April 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Right now I’m running and doing the 30 day shred. I’d really like to try Jillian’s yoga dvds tho!

  13. Marlene
    April 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I have used 30DS in the past. I’m intrigued by the one week shred!

  14. Erika B
    April 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm (4 years ago)

    I just bought myself a new Zumba Fitness Rush workout! I love it so far!

  15. Florence C
    April 3, 2014 at 5:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I have tried any workouts lately. Would love to.

  16. 409cope
    April 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm (4 years ago)

    I have tried working out with my wii but would love to try something new.

  17. Soozle
    April 4, 2014 at 10:18 am (4 years ago)

    I havent tried any new routines lately so I am due for one 🙂

  18. Victoria Ess
    April 4, 2014 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried anything new in a while. I did just join a gym and would love to try spinning.

  19. Debbie W
    April 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I participate in Zumba and love it.

  20. Heidi C.
    April 5, 2014 at 12:20 am (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any workouts lately but would definitely like to try out the Yoga DVD!

  21. Stephanie LaPlante
    April 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m disabled but my sister is super interested in yoga and my mom wants to try Zumba.

  22. Erika E
    April 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any new workout programs lately. I’d like to try yoga.

  23. Jonnie
    April 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve just been doing my recumbent bike lately but I can’t wait to try the Jillian Michaels One Week Shred once I’m ready

  24. sarah sar
    April 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I have not been working out lately but would love to learn yoga!

  25. danielle t
    April 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

    i tried a mom and baby zumba class a few days ago. I also have been to a free play gym time where I can play with my son while carrying the baby. it’s been great to get out and get moving.

  26. Amy Heffernan
    April 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes i tried to do the shred before from youtube but could not get it all. It was really great from what i did do. I have lost 70lbs but gained about 20 back now and i would love this to give me the extra push! Thanks!

  27. Lucy
    April 7, 2014 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried one of their programs, would like to try yoga

  28. lori b
    April 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm (4 years ago)

    biggest loser on x box

  29. Courtney
    April 8, 2014 at 8:32 am (4 years ago)

    I’d love to try some of the Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred videos, I’ve heard great things

  30. jan
    April 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve recently tried TRX

  31. Julie Bolduc
    April 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm (4 years ago)

    I am trying hard to do yoga 5 times a day

  32. Jenness M
    April 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I play sports mostly but I’d try one week shred.

  33. charityk
    April 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm (4 years ago)

    i try to do a yoga video but the kids dont let me….i would love to try jillian michaels video

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2014 at 4:49 am (4 years ago)

      Sounds like my kids. “Hey Mom – I know you are in pigeon pose but don’t mind us as we roll up your yoga mat.”

  34. Kristine Ewald
    April 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    I havne’t because I jsut had a baby but training for a triathalon in two weeks

    • Nicole
      April 10, 2014 at 4:47 am (4 years ago)

      Congratulations on the birth of your baby! Good luck with the triathalon training. I have a few friends who participate in triathlons, so I can appreciate the heart and soul, and devotion that goes into the training.

  35. Angela Mitchell
    April 11, 2014 at 1:27 am (4 years ago)

    I haven’t started any new workouts lately but I really want to. I had a baby 17 months ago and I still haven’t gotten back into shape. I’d love to try some real calorie burning workouts– something that has some dancing would be fun I think.

  36. Cathy C
    April 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm (4 years ago)

    No not in years! Really must and no excuse for not doing some regular exercise at least a few times a week.

  37. Andrea Lee
    April 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm (4 years ago)

    No, haven’t had the chance. Would love to try one of Jillian Michael’s workouts!

  38. Krista
    April 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m also 4 weeks postpartum. I’m looking forward to getting back into exercise. I tried prenatal pates and yoga while pregnant.

  39. Ashleigh Swerdfeger
    April 12, 2014 at 10:07 am (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any workout programs. Bu I do love yoga!

  40. amber y
    April 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any programs, but I’d like to try any from Jillian Michaels. I know she has a ton so that’s no terribly specific, but ideally i’d make my way through them all in time!!

  41. Cassey C
    April 12, 2014 at 11:30 pm (4 years ago)

    I havent tried any but would like to try the yoga one.

  42. stacey h
    April 13, 2014 at 6:53 pm (4 years ago)

    i would love to try a barre class – i just ordered a DVD and can’t wait for it to come in

  43. Eldon L
    April 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

    No but I would like to try the Calorie Killer Yoga.

  44. nicolthepickle
    April 16, 2014 at 7:58 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve tried Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. It was great!

  45. Dreena
    April 18, 2014 at 9:13 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve tried the 30 Day Shred from Jillian and really need to get back into it!

  46. Jennifer Sibbitt
    April 19, 2014 at 7:04 am (4 years ago)

    I did the 30 day shred, but it was hard on my knees. Would love to try some yoga.

  47. Brianne Hager
    April 19, 2014 at 12:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any new workout programs, but I would love to get started in Yoga, I have never tried it.

  48. Kayla Gilbert
    April 22, 2014 at 2:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried anything new lately, but I’d love to get into a spinning class.

  49. Sookie Mei
    April 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I have been doing a yoga class

  50. kathy downey
    April 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to get into Yoga

  51. Katy Emanuel
    April 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried anything recently as I am due any day now with our second. Would love to try pilates

  52. Viv Sluys
    April 27, 2014 at 11:18 am (4 years ago)

    I have a bunch of SELF magazines that I take workouts from. I have tried Wii fit workouts but they don’t help much.

    April 29, 2014 at 1:13 am (4 years ago)

    i never tried any workout program, like to try yoga

  54. Christy Martin
    April 30, 2014 at 10:05 am (4 years ago)

    I tend to ride my mountain bike, which is horrible in the winter and spring this year. Jillian Michaels One Week Shred, would be great to try on the days the weather isn’t so great.

  55. Cindy
    April 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I just started a beginners yoga class this month! Loving it!

  56. Laura
    April 30, 2014 at 12:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I have tried TurboJam and loved it, but I would also love to try any Jillian Michaels workouts!

  57. Michelle @ MK2SAHM
    April 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve tried out some Jillian DVDs before pregnancy, but since bed rest and a c-section I haven’t worked out in a while!
    Looking for something new and exciting to try once I get the go ahead to work out again!

  58. elaing8
    April 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

    I haven’t tried any programs. i know i need to start.Jillian is on the top of my list when I do,


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