I've actually been more consistent working out than anytime before in my life. I feel so good afterwards, but man it's getting hard to stay motivated as the belly gets larger.
I have been doing cycle classes and bootcamp aerobics 3-4x a week. I have the same instructor for both classes and she's totally supportive, and that's meant the world to me.
So anyone, despite feeling uber tired still keeping active with exercise?
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Married to C August 2007. Son Ian born October 2008. Son Owen born December 2010. Daughter Naomi born October 2012.
The walk I found is great too. Two miles along the beach can't beat that!
But then we drove across country, stayed in motels and barely had any exercise at all. Since I've been in Vancouver, I've been walking like crazy, but I can so feel the difference after being inactive for 2 weeks - two weeks bigger in the belly and even walking slowly leaves me achey. Not to mention that I feel like I've been sitting on an incredibly uncomfortable bike seat for hours. I'm hoping to find a prenatal yoga class to join in the next week or so, to help stretch out all these achy muscles.
I also get winded going up the stairs.
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I get out of breath walking up the stairs, or down the hallway in my house. Does that count? I have to pause often to let my heartrate slow down. I wish I could be more active. Took my 3.5 yo for a short walk in the woods today and he ran circles around me, repeatedly.
I tried to do some today...after about 5mins I was hot, sweaty, and out of breath. Oh well.
A prenatal yoga class will be totally accessible for beginners - just tell your instructor that you're new to yoga and s/he'll probably say things like "if you're just starting with yoga, you might want to do ____, more experienced students might want to try _____"
Some of the things that a prenatal yoga class probably will focus on more than a regular yoga class include postures for birthing, poses and stretches that help with aching hips, pelvis and back, and movements that help strengthen the pelvic floor and abdominals. My prenatal class did all of those (lots of squats and hip opening poses) plus my instructor is also a doula, and she spoke a lot about listening to your body, praising yourself and your baby, nurturing yourself in a time of great transformation etc.
Actually, the best thing we did was a moving meditation, that involved subtle movements while keeping our arms extended. She talked us through deciding to recontextualize the sensations in our arms as just feelings instead of pain, and coached us through trying different techniques to make the sensations manageable. I don't know if I'm explaining it properly, but as she explained it, it was a meditation to help figure out what particularly might be useful in birthspace to us individually (i.e. for some breathing might help, for others moaning, or taking quick rests, or changing positions). It was like experiential learning, instead of someone telling you "breathing or changing positions might help in labor".
My class is definitely pricey - but i thought it was worth every penny. Most yoga studios/instructors offer reduced rates for first-timers, too (maybe even free).
DH is still away so juggling full time shift work and our two boys,exercise has been the last thing on my mind, until I hopped onto the scales and discovered I had put on eight kilos. My aim was no more than 10 this pregnancy cos i dont want to struggle to get it off after the birth. I have to be fit and slim to perform operational policing. Im taking a year off so im sure I can regain fitness in a year!!
Actually, for me the support comes from the exercise itself. I was as inactive as I could get away with for the first 5-6 months and then I started swimming, 3 times a week, and it's fantastic. I think you float better with the belly, and for the rest you don't even feel you're pregnant. And I bet our baby must love the sideways back-and-forth motion from the crawl... Highly recommended! Only avoid the hours when it's crowded, you don't want a kick in the belly!
I finally got in the habit (mostly) of going to the gym. Even if it's just for 10 minutes. I actually find myself wanting to go work out now... though I had to skip today because my legs (thighs) are SO sore!
I'm proud of myself, though. As my midwife will be when I see her Monday!
- E . Single mom to DS E (15.12.05), T (reincarnated 18.04.08) and DD A (11.02.11) and Hoppy
Okay so who has been motivated enough to exercise this week? I went 3x last week but this week I decided to be lazy. Back has been killing me this week and not sure if it's the lack of exercise or just being bigger overall. My membership is good until a week after I deliver and I want to keep going but my desire to be lazy is winning right now.
Well I am still exercising but not at a gym... I would love to be able to have a saline pool to float in right now
I have been doing yoga daily even if I don't make it through all of my asanas I still give it an effort everyday. as an additional pick me up I have been Hula Hooping and Belly Dancing at home with lots of laughs and lots of FUN~
I am looking out a pool to swim in soon ... I need to feel weightless.
I think it is important to keep moving even if the intensity of the exercise is waning.
Maybe you could conjure up the energy to go to the gym just don't push yourself too hard ...your getting close to meeting your baby...