Happy Friday! We've made it through another week, and I am already feeling like I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow morning! That's one of the things I love about Saturdays! Another things I love about Saturday mornings, is that if I am up before the boys, I have a bit of time to myself for exercising before the day begins to slip away.
Exercising during pregnancy is so important, but honestly, it can be hard to muster up the energy to work out while pregnant. I'm not a runner. I tend to be more drawn to Pilates, Yoga, and aerobic walking. These exercises can still be done during pregnancy, though the Yoga and Pilates must be done with modified movement, once you are past your first trimester. Of course, I consulted with my OB, to make sure that it was safe for me to continue these exercises. I may not work out every day- I don't always have that luxury. I'm not one who will wait to exercise at 8:30 pm, when I am already half asleep, either... so I have to squeeze it in early on in the day.
My weekly workout routine goes something like this-
Day 1- Walking (either go for a walk or do a routine of Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds).
Day 2- Pilates for Pregnancy (Lisbeth Garcia)
Day 3- Denise Austin's Firm & Fit Pregnancy (this video is annoying, but a good work out)
Day 4- Break
Day 5- Yoga for Pregnancy
Day 6-Walking or Booty Boot Camp for Pregnancy (lunges and squats)
Day 7- Yoga or Pilates
I usually give myself a break on Wednesdays, because that's one of our family's very busy days. Sundays can be the same way, so if I don't get up and exercise before we leave for church (which is at 8:00 am), I may not get to exerise that day. I try to take my little guy out to play when we're able to, or when the weather cooperates, and that helps make up for those missed days.
If you're looking for pregnancy work outs, just check out YouTube. They have some great options. As always, consult your doctor before you begin any new exercise programs. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and take breaks as needed. Most of these videos encourage you to go at your own pace, and to do the best that you can.
Working out during pregnancy is good for you, and your baby. It may help ease the delivery process, and will probably help you bounce back faster, after baby is born. It's a beautiful time to embrace and enjoy.