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post #1 of 38
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Anyone else doing an exercise video or another form of exercise like walking or biking?  I bought the video, Leisa Hart's Fit Mama, but so far haven't had the energy to use it.  Well, I did try it in the beginning of April, but then felt too tired and sick for the rest of the month.  I will be 12 weeks this weekend and starting to have more energy, so I am hoping to be able to start it next week.  I also walked and biked a lot last summer and want to get back into that again once the weather stays warmer.  I've done 5-mile walks a couple of times this spring, but the weather is not nice enough to do that every weekend yet.  Let's share our exercise plans and motivate each other!

post #2 of 38
I think I have the same DVD. smile.gif haven't tried it yet. I plan to walk now that the weather is nice or do DVDs. YouTube also has free walking workouts. Probably more, but I only do the walking ones when pg. This last week I've finally got some energy and feel good enough to start working out again.
post #3 of 38

I was doing a boot camp before I got pregnant, but I've been too exhausted to even think about it.  I think instead I'll at least start walking some to get out of the house when I have some more energy.  Today, though, my stomach is all jacked up so I'm not thinking about anything at all.  Funny, I didn't have any morning sickness in the first tri, so I wonder if that's what this is now?  I'm 13+3.

post #4 of 38

I'm on day 27 of the 30-day squat challenge (230 squats today) and I think I'm going to do it again for the next month, and maybe every month until I deliver because it'll still be a challenge as baby gets bigger and heavier. I'm also still skating with my derby league almost every week and I get pretty animated when coaching junior derby (I'm sometimes sore from jumping up and down, etc. the next day). I'm not doing anything formally 'prenatal' yet because my bump isn't stopping me from doing my normal things. Once my energy gets a bit better, I'm going to show up at my gym (where I don't go nearly enough) and engage my trainer in helping me find light weight training/toning exercises that I can stay with until after I deliver. 😊

-MQ

post #5 of 38

I dance once a week at a local studio that is competitive dance for younger kids and then has some rec adult classes. I'm only doing one class a week (Jazz). When I was pg with my DD I was doing 4 classes a week and loved it. The year ends in a couple weeks though with our recital so I'm trying to find some other things to stay active. DH and I have been trying to go for a walk everyday after dinner now that it's been nice out with DD and our dog. It tires DD out before bed too so that's a bonus.

post #6 of 38
So this thread motivated me, 30 minute walk! Felt so good to get out and walk.
post #7 of 38

I had to stop running. It made me too sick. The same thing happened with my pregnancy with DS. Not worth it. I've maintained my yoga practice. Surprisingly but not surprising I guess, even on days when I have felt really sick and go to yoga, I feel fine the hour I am practicing. I am able to focus on breath and the moving meditation and beyond the sickness. Then almost immediately after on the way home I feel so sick again! Great practice for labor I like to think :) I've begun to modify it a bit. No more deep twists, no more postures laying on my belly. I walk and I've started swimming again since our newly remolded pool opened up.

post #8 of 38
I am thankful for these threads! I took off this week. The two Zumba classes I teach ended last week so I have about a month break before the next one. While I love Zumba it was unbelievably hard the last couple of months maintaining any sort of motivation. And since my body rejects water I felt just gross and dehydrated.

I will go back to working out next week. I am doing the squat challenge, too, so will resume that as well. Our pool opens up next weekend and I really look forward to that!

I have the Leisa Hart DVD, too, and want to start it again smile.gif
post #9 of 38
Yeah, I'm really stoked about the pool opening up here, too!
post #10 of 38

What is this squat challenge? I do some squats nightly and stretches. I am going to try a prenatal yoga class tomorrow night so hoping I love it!   I try to walk everyday at least to the chicken coop a few times. lol

 

I do try and walk at least 20-30 minutes and I do some exercise on birth ball from spinningbabies.com. 

 

I feel like I need more but can't really fit more in between doula work (business classes and other requirements), homeschooling, and cooking/playing with the kids.

post #11 of 38

Yes, do tell about this squat challenge. and uh, I feel totally sucky reading some of your awesome fitness abilities.

 

I have been doing 3 different 15 minute segments of videos on youtube. For instance, I will do a zumba beginner class (steps or the actual class) then I will move on to a prenatal pilates (there is a really great video on youtube. Its broken up in to 10 minute segments). I just do a 10 minute class on that (25 minutes)...Then I will end with a pren. yoga (25 minutes or so). Or I do belly dance or whatever. Loving the youtube fitness vids..lots of variety.

 

I have been inactive for almost 18 months (since last pregnancy and all of postpartum. Just tired and sick) so this is a good start. I am trying to do this 4-5 times week.

post #12 of 38

The 30 day squat challenge is a meme I found on Facebook! I checked, and if you search 'squat challenge' on Bing, it comes up in the image results. Basically you increase the number of squats per day from 50 on day 1 to 250 on day 30. There are rest days built in, and I have to admit I monkeyed with the schedule a bit to take my rest days on the days I had roller derby. Even before I was pregnant I wasn't about to do 150 squats and skate a derby bout (last Saturday I skated a double header!). I'm definitely going to do it again, but I'm waiting until June 1st to start the next one because it seems easier to have the days of the challenge line up with the date.

 

And in other fitness news: I've been away from yoga since summer of 2011. I tore up my already troublesome knee on vacation in Greece in June of '11 and had surgery in August. I had almost made it to the one year mark where it's safe to start yoga again in '12 when I tore my other knee at a gymnastics class last August. I had it repaired in September. My knees look like a crime scene! I still don't have even the flexibility in my knees to do child's pose, but I've decided that gentle yoga should work for my pregnant body. It's not as stringent as the hot yoga practice I miss very much, but I think it will feel good. My gym has a basic yoga class on Monday nights, so I just bought myself a new yoga mat and am starting next week. I'm pretty excited.

 

And I have just registered for a 5k that is happening when I will be 26 weeks! I won't be running (not a big runner to begin with) but I can walk the course and be active with my friends, so I think it's a great thing to be looking forward to.

 

I'm hoping to be able to keep up at derby until 20 weeks (or beyond); our league season goes until I'm 19 weeks and I'd love to skate a few all-star bouts in the following weeks. I'm not looking forward to the day when baby decides we're done for the year; and I am sure I will keep skating for a good while after I've lost the agility to skate at derby-level. That's all up to Pip, and I have to say that I think that bit of having to relinquish control and being unable to make a long-term plan is good practice for life with a newborn 😜

post #13 of 38

The squat challenge is so manageable!

 

day 1 50 squats

day 2 55 squats

day 3 60 squats

day 4 rest

day 5 65 squats

day 6 70 squats

day 7 75 squats

day 8 rest

 

and so on and so forth .  You do not have to do them all at once either.  There's also an ab challenge that people do in concert with this one but I don't feel comfortable doing the moves t hey are talking about.  BUT!  I do just as many standing crunches, ab contractions a day as I do squats. I throw in some kegels, too.

 

I hope you all join the squat challenge with me.  I'm on day 4 this go round and love the company :)

post #14 of 38

I'll join Star!

 

MQ, thats really some awesome fitness experience you have. I did couch to 5k once and it was awesome!

I have really changed my attitude towards getting in shape. Usually I am just too darn busy. Home schooling, cooking, cleaning, gardening, animal care blahblahblah and up until last May a full time student. Recently I've decided that I just need to be more selfish with my time, so I have been exercising and it's great. The house hasn't fallen apart, the kids aren't neglected...I *feel* better and more able to do my chores.

 

Ofcourse, it seems that I have found more time for online time as well, which is weird. The house still looks good, so not sure whats going on there...haha

post #15 of 38
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I'll join Star!

 

MQ, thats really some awesome fitness experience you have. I did couch to 5k once and it was awesome!

I have really changed my attitude towards getting in shape. Usually I am just too darn busy. Home schooling, cooking, cleaning, gardening, animal care blahblahblah and up until last May a full time student. Recently I've decided that I just need to be more selfish with my time, so I have been exercising and it's great. The house hasn't fallen apart, the kids aren't neglected...I *feel* better and more able to do my chores.

 

Ofcourse, it seems that I have found more time for online time as well, which is weird. The house still looks good, so not sure whats going on there...haha

LOL...   I wish I had more time for me... and online time. 

 

I will try to join too! I love squats and we did a bunch at yoga tonight. (first class) hoping I can keep going every other week.  

post #16 of 38

I did my 50 today!

post #17 of 38
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Originally Posted by Meksmama View Post

LOL...   I wish I had more time for me... and online time. 

 

I will try to join too! I love squats and we did a bunch at yoga tonight. (first class) hoping I can keep going every other week.  


You'll find some time at some point - I hope. It's rough carving out "ME" time, but I feel so much better on the days I do it.

post #18 of 38
I will try and start the squat challenge June first. There is a push up challenge I want to start at the same time. I think the squats will actually be harder for me then the pushups. smile.gif do long legs give me a disadvantage on squats? Haha
post #19 of 38
So I've done 2 days of the squat and pushup challenges. Today will be day 3. I need to get out and take a long walk too.
post #20 of 38
Is there a link to the squat and pushup challenge? Squats work really well for keeping my legs good, but I think it will be harder than the pushup one. I didcvn't do much this past week since I was feeling run down. Just rested a lot.
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