A few of my boot campers told me the last couple of boot camps have been too easy. I always feel very defensive when I hear that. As my defense, I think it all of the sudden got cooler, and what had us dying in 80˙ heat with 80% humidity is not very challenging when it's dry and cool. But I am definitely going to "bring it," as the kids say, to the next class.
LM and I have walked several mornings in a row. I was just walking with Hank in the baby bjorn, but now I have added 2x2lb ankle weights and 2x1lb hand weights. Oh, yeah. 26 extra pounds.
I have a hypothesis regarding 3 groups of postpartum mothers: group A - no exercise, group B - exercises alone, group C exercises with the baby out among people. I think there would be statistically significant differences in ppd, and I would even say happiness, between the 3 groups. When we walk with Hank, especially when he has his sunglasses on, we have about 99% smile/greeting rate. When I walk alone, I have about a 50% smile/greeting rate. And, of course, if you are home alone, no one is smiling at you, except the baby after about 3 months. It seems to me that we already know exercise attenuates or effectively treats depression, but I think the added social, positive reinforcement would add another level away from depression/towards happiness. Probably not too controversial, but would be interesting to quantify.