Using Dance to Boost Your Postpartum Workout Magic
In honor of the birth of my best friend's second baby boy, this post is dedicated to postpartum exercise!
Let me preface this by stating that I used to have a rather unhealthy relationship with exercise. I used to workout every day, sometimes multiple times a day and was fearful of taking even one day off. During my pregnancy, I still exercised but not as extensively and stopped working out altogether at 27 weeks after my doctor recommended that I stop since I was losing weight. In any case, after my postpartum six-week recovery, I was ready to begin exercising again. I knew that this time around, I wanted to workout for health reasons, not solely for weight loss and body image. There are many reasons to exercise such as building aerobic power, reducing blood pressure, lowering type 2 diabetes risk, maintaining immune functioning, keeping bones and muscles strong, boosting energy, and improving mood and sleep (2012, Whitbourne). So, when I began considering what my initial postpartum exercising program would be, I knew I wanted something fun, stress relieving, and something that instilled peace with my body.
Though I had thoroughly enjoyed running before finding out I was expecting, starting a running regimen in January after months of not running didn't appeal to me. I decided to try CIZE, I love dancing and the CIZE tagline, "The End of Exercise," definitely attracted me.
Choreographed by Shaun T of INSANITY and FOCUS T25, CIZE is a product of Beachbody and includes a total of six dances. If I could sum up the CIZE experience in one word, it would be EXHILARATING. I have tried a lot of dance workouts. I also used to be a Jazzercise instructor, and the common theme from the previous dance workouts I have experienced is that they felt like a workout with just a few repetitious dance moves. CIZE felt entirely different; the dances seemed like a performance.
Though the dances start simple and progress in intricacy, CIZE is a workout for the mind too, Shaun T does a fabulous job of breaking down the moves step-by-step. Quick disclaimer,; I was a dancer from elementary to college so I cannot accurately attest to the programs practicable for someone new to dance. Also, though the dances are fairly low impact, I still sweat and my heart rate definitely escalated.
CIZE helped my get my postpartum workout mojo back.
The dances are fun to learn, but the real fun comes when you "CIZE it up." During this time I truly was lost in the moment and just dancing! I didn't care how I looked because I felt confident. I completely recommend CIZE if you are trying to get your postpartum workout mojo back, or if you love to dance, or if you want to learn how to dance, or if you want a workout that doesn't feel like a workout. CIZE costs $59.85 or three payments of $19.95 plus $12.95 shipping and handling. CIZE comes with a Get Started guide, six dances on three DVDs plus 8 Count Abs Workout, Eat Up! Meal Plan, and Beginner and Advanced Calendars.
Below are some additional resources about postpartum exercise and CIZE, check them out if you are interested in learning more.
Yours Truly, LeNae
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Whitbourne, Susan Krauss. 2012. "19 Reasons to Exercise From neurons to hormones: Why your body needs a workout." May 12. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201205/19-reasons-exercise. (Accessed January 25, 2017).