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Exercising During Pregnancy
Since I ran my half marathon last month, it seems like I’ve slowed down a lot. I was dealing with tendonitis in my one foot for about 2 weeks and that really limited what I could do. Now it’s feeling a lot better, but with the added weight gain and the pressure of baby, I’m finding myself having a really hard time running. I’m still trying, mind you, because that is where my comfort zone is, but I don’t make it very far. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve had to find some alternative workout programs that don’t involve so much impact. Here are the types of low impact exercise I’ve either been enjoying or want to try.
Yoga: My sister and I went to a Yoga class a few weeks back and I’m hooked now. It is definitely a change of pace and I had to change some of the poses due to to my belly. I’m normally a big cardio girl, but it was a nice change of pace to slow down, think about my breathing and keep control of my body. Much to my surprise, I was very sore the next day. This lets me know that I’m using muscle groups that I don’t normally use. I’m going to continue to do Yoga and I’m so excited to have discovered it.
Walking: Just because I can’t run, doesn’t mean I can’t walk. Walking is generally a lot more comfortable. I have to make sure I’m not going for too long because my body is tired the rest of the day, but it’s a nice alternative.
Water Aerobics and Swimming: I swam competitively in high school, so I am no stranger to the pool. I have yet to make it there to swim laps or do water aerobics, but I fully intend to. Water aerobics can be great during pregnancy because it isn’t hard on your joints but still gives you a great workout.
Playing With My Kids: School will be out here in a few weeks and I have a fun packed summer for the boys and me. Just by staying active with them, it gives me the much needed exercise that I need. This week alone, we’ve gone on bike rides, walked to our splash pad and have flown kites together. I think this is my favorite option of exercise because it allows me quality time with my boys which is priceless.
Did you exercise during your pregnancy? What was your favorite thing to do to stay active?