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Exercising for two
We only get one body. There are countless stats and studies that show the numerous benefits to our health by keeping active and exercising. I confess: I don’t love working out. Some days I feel like I hate it. But I do it anyway because I want to be healthy and stay in shape...plus now I'm working out for two!
Honestly, the first couple of months of pregnancy, I was so sick I just stayed in bed until I had to get up and start getting ready for work. But during that time, I also read about the importance of staying active during pregnancy. It helps with the actual labor and helps your body bounce back after the baby is born. This has now become my inspiration for exercise. If stats show women who exercise have shorter labor and quicker recovery, why would I not want to make an effort?
I’ve been trying to go to the gym as often as I can, but it differs from week to week. Some weeks I only go once or twice, other weeks, I'm there every day. On the days I don't have enough time to go or I just don't feel like going, there's a great free exercise channel on Youtube called "Fitness Blender." I used these videos even before I was pregnant, I think it's a great option if you're not able to have a gym membership! I have noticed how much harder it is to have that “oomph” during exercise now. I can just tell my energy level and strength isn’t what it was before pregnancy. But that’s OK, I still try my hardest!
Every workout is different, sometimes I just do cardio, like walking or jogging on a treadmill and sometimes I do strength training. One fun thing I’m incorporating into my weeks now is Pilates at Rivercity Pilates! I’m excited about this because it gives me something to look forward to, a change in my typical “cardio/strength training” routine. I’m most excited about how it will help get my body ready for labor! The instructor, Carey Sadler practiced Pilates through all of her pregnancies, so I’m glad for someone who knows the areas to focus on specifically for pregnancy. I look forward to sharing with you how it’s helping!