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It took me forever to dig out March's thread, so figured I'd start a new one. Is anyone exercising at all? I have been maybe once a week but walking and gardening about every day. I need to pick up the pace a little now that I have a little energy and am not nauseous. Who else?
 

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I've been WAY too nauseous to do anything but walk- and even that has been a struggle! I'm 14 weeks tomorrow and looking forward to starting some prenatal yoga 2 or 3 times a week here soon when I feel like I won't barf doing it.<br>
I started doing some yoga at home to ease myself in- I feel like such a sloth after not exercising for the last 3 months!!<br>
I also plan on doing some prenatal aqua classes and swimming on my own a bit.<br>
I feel pretty good today so maybe I'm on the upswing! I'm 1,000,000 times less nauseous than I was a few weeks ago but if I move too much it comes back. I'm going to start yoga in about two weeks even if I'm still nauseous- I'll just have to take it easy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I pretty much always walk my dog everyday for about 20 minutes (although the same route is now taking me closer to 25 minutes because I can't walk fast without panting!) But other than that, I have not exercised since the beginning of pregnancy. And I doubt I will be able to start anytime soon. Not only am I getting over being sick, but I'm in the middle of student teaching and hardly have any time. Hopefully soon I'll be able to get back in the grove and be exercising a few times a week again.
 

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Does chasing after toddlers count?<br><br>
We live in a little town that has a great main street---including our new grocery co-op. The boys and I do lots and lots of walks up the hill and back---typically with me carrying one or both of them! We bike about once a week too.<br><br>
It's definitely not the 15-25 mile running weeks I had when I was pregnant with #1, but I think as long as you stay active, you're in good shape!
 

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Right around the time the extreme fatigue lifted, my back started hurting so much that I couldn't do anything, even walk. Now it's better, so I'm trying to do yoga (go to class once a week, at home when I can), walk (sometimes more than others), and I discovered a few days ago that I can still ride my bike. I have plenty of gardening to do, but it is uncomfortable to lean forward for long periods of time, even though I'm not that big yet.<br><br>
I was running before I got pregnant, but with all that time off from exercise, I'm not sure I could run to save my life now!
 

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I ride my bike for transportation, often pulling DD in the trailer, 3-5 days a week. However, that's never for very long distances, and that's about all the exercise I'm getting. I need to do more!<br><br>
I'm pretty sure I posted this exact thing in the last exercise thread.<br><br>
(For the other person who mentioned biking - from what I've read, it's safest to ride on a regular basis if you're going to ride at all, so that you're not dealing with sudden changes to your center of balance.)
 

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I biked today with my toddler (in the bobike). It's been hot, so we only bike around 3 times a week now.
 

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I plan on starting a real exercise program tomorrow morning. I want to start with squats, thrusts, maybe slight ab work, nothing dangerous of course, and some work on my upper arms and chest maybe using a type of what I call pilates,but I am sure it rally isnt...... now, this is the plan....... we will see if i did it!!!
 

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I did about 10 minutes of <a href="http://action.tracyandersonmethod.com/page/s/ironman2?utm_source=Goop+Newsletter&utm_campaign=60f9fc1bdd-Goop82_05_06_2010&utm_medium=email" target="_blank">this</a> Tracy Anderson workout last night (what I considered safe for pg at least). I also did the Amira bellydance and yoga video and it was ok, don't know if I'll do it very often. So I'm trying to think of another to buy!
 

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I really hope that this thread will help me stay accountable! I'm 16 weeks along now and haven't had m/s since about 10 weeks, so I can't use that as a reason for not having taken the initiative to exercise. The entire family was sick for a week and then two weeks later DD and DH got a stomach bug, and it's been rainy and.....So I can come up with excuse after excuse, but what I need is to find my motivation. I did start walking the dog after everyone goes to bed, but I get worn out too quickly with the twins in the stroller and dog on leash (more stressful than physically taxing).<br><br>
Kittywitty I was just going to post here to see if anyone has any suggestions for prenatal yoga or pilates or any other exercise DVD they love, so please let us know what you find. I've checked a few out of the library, but I want one I can use until November. I'm a sucker for routine.
 

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55 minute walk daily for a month now, 3x a week fitness ball exercises with light (3lb weights). Starting to do my optimal fetal positioning exercises (cat stretches, sliding wall squats, pelvic tilts, and I'm sitting on my fitness ball/birthing ball instead of chairs)
 

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My goal is an hour of exercise everyday in addition to the two miles I walk (wearing my reebok step ups or sketchers tone-ups) round trip to work and the two thirty minute PE classes I teach each weekday.<br><br>
I've worked up to doing the aerobics section of my prenatal video twice each session (by just replaying that chapter on the video) and doing the weightlifting section three times each session. It takes me a little over an hour that way but I feel like it's a good challenge. Unfortunately, I haven't really seen any improvement in the tone of my arms or legs, although I do feel a cardiovascular improvement.<br><br>
Tomorrow is aquaerobics. If i really push and pull the water hard in the movements, I can get a bit of a burn in my armpits. I swim laps after class for an additional fifteen to twenty minutes.<br><br>
I feel like I'm doing a lot, but I still look pretty fluffy. For me, the biggest challenge for staying in shape is the nutritional component.<br><br>
I've grown accustomed to the nausea. For the past three weeks I have vomited 1 to 3 times a day and gag all the time. But for some reason, I haven't gotten sick during workouts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
(15 weeks 1 day)
 

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Which video are you using, New York Momma?
 

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It's an older dvd by Kathy Smith called "Pregnancy Workout". I found it at Barnes & Noble for $9.99. It starts with an "energizer" dance routine then three aerobic dance routines. The last dance routine is a cool down.<br><br>
After the aerobics, there is leg toning section of calf raises, lunges and squats with lateral lifts and kick backs and keigels. Next is an upper body toning section with two types of bent over rows, a tricep kickback, bicep curl, deltoid lift, and chest press. I use an 8 pound dumbell, but some of the women in the video do the moves without any weights.<br><br>
Next is an ab toning section and there is also a post partum workout on the dvd that I haven't tried.<br><br>
The outfits are very dated (scary purple unitards and headbands) and there's this totally bizzar two minute rap Kathy does called the "preggo shuffle". I still don't understand the point of that. But I can overlook these things because I like how easy the dance moves were to learn and with the big arm movements, my heart rate gets up to 140. If you can overlook the corny music, this is a fun workout that takes little equipment and works the whole body.
 

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I accomplished my goal! I exercised every day my first trimester (except Sundays) ! I walk 3 miles 3 x a week and then walk and hike and bike inbetween those days.<br><br>
now that I'm getting a little energy back and nausea is gone mostly I am going to start weightlifting a little more (my middle back is hurting I need to strengthen it so my ribs don't go out) so I am going to go T and H at 6:15 am--ahh wish me luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Alright mamas, I'm getting off my lazy pregnant butt and going to pilates tonight! Wish me luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yay for Pilates!<br><br>
I will exercise tonight if I get time. I went for another long bike ride with my toddler today.
 

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I can hear crickets!<br><br>
I am joining the gym at dh's work next week so I can use the elliptical. Not sure about the equipment-I need to work on my triceps, thighs, and butt really badly. I think all my weight has gone there. Anyone want to spam me some equipment ideas for that?<br><br>
Also thinking of buying one of these:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB001TC8PNM%2Fref%3Dpd_luc_mri%3Fie%3DUTF8%26m%3DA1ADA89NRCE9OM" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A1ADA89NRCE9OM</a><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB0004Z32L0%2Fref%3Dord_cart_shr%3Fie%3DUTF8%26m%3DATVPDKIKX0DER" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER</a>
 

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This is my first post here on the exercise accountability thread.<br><br>
I've been doing pretty well.<br><br>
I'm walking or biking almost every day with my 2 yo. As well as gardening whenever it's not raining (which is most days recently.)<br><br>
My favorite though is Yoga. I'm going about 3-4 times a week. I'm lucky though... I have a studio very near to me that I just love and I also have a pre-natal studio pretty close as well. I didn't do yoga during my first pregnancy. I'm thinking that building all of this strength will make such a difference for me in labor.<br><br>
I have been struggling to do all of this. The heat has been zapping my energy, so I've been pretty sluggish the last few weeks
 
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