I have officially registered for water aerobics, and I start tonight!!!
Exercise - Page 2
I'm sure you could! Consider my booty kicked and sore. We did lots of jogging, variations of jumping jacks, work with buoys (that look like hand weights) to work the arms under water, etc. I love it! Officially hooked, I am.
However, things do feel VERY weird under water. When stuff bounces, it's not the same as when it bounces on land.
Hi. Just found this thread, I've been doing my exercise talk over on the chat thread. But maybe it would be better here?
I do not want to even think how many times I've started that squat challenge over the years. And never finished it once. I was considering doing it again, after all squats are the ultimate pregnancy/birth exercise. And the push up challenge, my upper body is definitely my weakness. and my shoulder tendonitis goes away when i exercise those muscles. But oh wait there's the ab challenge! (though i'd have to do planks or something instead of sit ups) I take it back, THIS is my weakness. I've had 3 babies and never really even tried to get my abs back in shape after each pregnancy. Right before I got pregnant this time, I was working on fixing my ab seperation. But once I hit 8 weeks, I stopped doing everything. I was too sick and tired.
Anyway, doing those 3 challenges was way too overwhelming. So I'm doing this: http://janice-fuentes.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2013/05/june-exercise-challenge
Which starts out at only 15 squats and works up to 75. It also includes planks and pushups.
How often are you exercising? I've hit the 2nd trimester and have more energy and our homeschool year ended, so I have some free time now. I'm trying to really use it to exercise frequently now, while I have the time and the energy. And while I'm not too big. Hoping that I can make a difference in how I feel, how healthy I am this pregnancy. Hopefully have more energy in those last few months! Also hoping to make it such a habit now that I will be able to keep on exercising after school starts again in the fall AND after the baby comes. So how many times per week do you exercise? The challenge I'm doing is 6 days a week, but it only takes a few minutes. I am also doing this: http://www.classicalstretch.com/Pregnancy_essentrics.html . I'm debating between doing the whole 1 hour workout 3x a week, or just doing 2 segments (it's divided into 3 seperate segments) 4-5x a week.
Of course, no amount of exercising is going to turn me into this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBOLEXXyPbk
I took a Barre class on Tuesday for the first time ever. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I think it might be a good fit! I had stopped going to the intense weight class that I enjoyed because I felt like my heart rate was getting up way to high and I was getting over heated, it made me feel sick and I just couldn't recover from it all day. It just got to be too intense. This is a step down :) I'm going to go again and I'll probably continue with it Tue/Thur.
Back in January? Pre pregnancy anyway, I was working on my ab separation. And it took weeks before I could really *feel* my ab muscles contracting instead of that vague discomfort in the general stomach region, iykwim. After doing basically no exercise for two months while I was sick and tired, I worried that the progress I'd made was all lost. BUT after only one week of regular exercising, that feeling is back! I'm so happy to feel like I have muscles (somewhere under there). . Feeling strong is a great motivator.
On a side note- how can I be so weak when I can carry a 30lb child with no problem? Anybody who picks up my 2yo quickly hands him back.
Just found this thread! I have a 20 minute prenatal yoga class that I got from yogadownload.com that I do 3 or 4 days a week. I try to take a walk a couple times a week as well and our apartment complex has an outdoor pool. I'm just waiting for it to warm up enough to get in and do some swimming! I like the idea of the squat challenge. I know Ina May Gaskin really encourages squatting to prepare your body for labor so I think I might give that a try. There is a prolonged squat included in my prenatal yoga routine, though I have yet to make it through the entire time she wants you to hold the pose. I'm working on it though. I worked through most of my first pregnancy which kept me mobile and on my feet most days but I really slacked off with my second pregnancy. I'm trying really hard not to do that this time around. I want this to be my healthiest pregnancy yet!
Oh I almost forgot! I also sit on an exercise ball and do pelvic rocking any time I'm at the computer(like now) or watching TV. Much easier than the hands and knees version.
So I'm at 16 weeks and thinking of splurging on a workout DVD....but which one? I'm in pretty good shape as I'm a yoga and acroyoga teacher, but I haven't been doing much of anything for the last 2 months. Any suggestions on what's worth spending money on? Or should I just stick with youtube videos and homemade routines? I love the June challenge that was posted...seems a lot more manageable on a daily basis.
Kelliemae-I have this set, but I think the older version http://www.momsintofitness.com/shop/lindsay-brin-complete-pregnancy-3pack-workouts/ So far I've only done the first & sec tri. I didn't do much the first tri from being sick, but there is modification so do both now during the 2nd tri. The first dvd has cardio (stepping, kick boxing) and weights-arms and legs (holding weights while doing lunges & squats), also a little ab work. The 2nd dvd has no kick boxing stuff and a more toned down cardio, but still has the same weights stuff. The one I have has three moms in diff stages and showing who to follow if tired or at a diff stage etc. The only thing I don't like so far is I would like more stretching for warm up/cool down. So I'm going to look for some online prenatal yoga to do. Oh, I didn't pay that much for the dvd set. I paid about $18 on amazon.
Vaquita-thanks for the links :) How far along is that last mom? We all look different, so don't put yourself down :(
Vaquita-oh, yeah, I'm horrible at keeping up with exercising. I feel so tired still most of the time, but know that working out will make me feel better all around and give me more energy. I just need to get into a schedule of doing it so I am, lol. My goal for the dvd is 3x a week and walking daily. I've given up running/jogging so far. The challenge I'd do more though, doesn't take much time for squats and push ups.
We're switching to summer home school mode-every few days to keep things fresh :)
I've been horribly about exercising lately. Embarrassingly so. I have time at night but I am still really sick in the evenings and just drained. BUT! This will change :)
I actually bought the Leslie Sansone walking package because I think it's fast and challenging enough AND my kids do it with me.
I am starting aqua zumba soon hopefully! It's Wed nights and I feel like those are jampacked for some reason. My goal is to workout at least three times a week.
And. Oh, yea. Start the squats again!
My husband and I went away for the weekend by ourselves and did so many things that are hard to do with a bunch of babies and preschoolers. Long walks on the beach, hiked, swam... It was great! I totally wore myself out though. Which is fine, but I then needed to get some extra rest, no exercising. Not really a big deal, other than I'm worried about derailing my newly forming habit. I did not do my workout video yesterday, and only managed part of my challenge. Feeling better today though, so I think I can do it today.
On a positive note, after gaining 14lbs by 14 weeks, I am now 18 weeks and haven't gained anymore weight. I've been really working to make healthier choices, not over eat (which I was nursing a toddler, so pregnancy is a big step down in caloric needs for me) and exercising. I just had an appointment with my midwife on Monday and the baby is growing great. So, for me, this is a good thing.
Congrats, Vaquitita! I've tried hard to be mindful of what and how much I'm eating, too. So glad you're seeing a result and finding exercise that works for you! If there's one thing I'm learning (slowly and stubbornly lol), it's that nothing is one-size-fits-all for a pregnant chick. Keep up the great work and the great bebe!!