Pregnancy Fitness Routine
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I hate working out. There, I said it. And these days, at 28 weeks pregnant, the last thing I want to even think about is hitting the gym.
But as much as I hate the idea of going to the gym and breaking a sweat, I also know how important it is to stay healthy and fit during my pregnancy. That’s why I’ve been doing my best to create a really simple pregnancy fitness routine that I can do just about anywhere. Here’s what it looks like:
I woke up screaming in pain the other night with the worst Charlie horse of my life. It was a pretty debilitating shooting pain in my left calf, so these days I’m putting even more emphasis on stretching. Before I do anything that’s even a little bit strenuous, I’ll typically take 5 minutes to sit on the floor and stretch even though I can’t even touch my toes anymore. #SoSad
2. Light Weights
I did CrossFit for about 3 years. That’s actually where Joe and I met. But I quit about a year or two ago because I didn’t like having to use heavy weights. Now that I’m pregnant, I can’t even hold my TV remote without getting tired, so 5 lb weights are the heaviest I’ll use in my workouts. I like doing bicep curls, tricep extensions, and I also use them when I’m doing squats to make things a little harder. I can only do about 5 squats before I get tired, but hey! It’s better than nothing!
I don’t run. I don’t even jog unless there’s someone chasing me. But walking, I’ll do. I just wish it wasn’t so hot down here in Miami. That’s really the biggest factor that determines whether or not I go out for a walk. Regardless, I still try to walk at least 5-10 minutes a day, even if it’s just down the block and back.
4. Calf Raises + Squats
I used to have super toned legs. Since I’ve been slacking with my workouts lately, that definition in my legs has slowly disappeared. But I’m determined to build that muscle back, so one of the easiest ways for me to do that at the moment is by doing calf raises and squats. Calf raises are pretty easy to do because I can do them anywhere. When I’m waiting in line at the store…during my meetings at work…while I’m cooking dinner. Squats are a little harder because I’d look pretty darn crazy doing them in public, but when I get home, I like to do at least 10 before I jump in the shower.
5. Prenatal Yoga
Before I got pregnant, I was taking weekly yoga classes and I loved them. These days I don’t have the time to go to a physical class, but I have been looking up prenatal yoga sessions on YouTube and I’m obsessed with them! The amount of stress and anxiety that I have right now with just 12 weeks to go until my due date is unreal. But these yoga sessions really help me relax and they force me to focus on the present.
*Healthy Post-Workout Snacks
All that working out means nothing though if I’m not eating very well. I was reminded of that today when I went to the doctor for my glucose test. Turns out, I’ve gained 9 pounds in just 5 weeks, so yea, I need to be a little more mindful of what I’m eating from here on out. (To be fair, though, I personally blame Hurricane Irma for a lot of those calories since all I did for like 5 days straight was eat fast food and hurricane snacks. Thanks a lot, mother nature.)
Anyway, I’ve been a fan of these ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bars for a while now, and I keep my pantry stocked with at least two different flavors at all times. Two of my new favorites are ZonePerfect® Chocolate Mint, 5ct and ZonePerfect® Dark Chocolate Almond, 5ct and dude, they’re both freaking delicious.
They taste amazing, give me the energy I need to continue my day, and I don’t have to feel guilty about eating them since they’re a healthy snack option.
You know, during my first trimester I craved cheese sticks like a crazy person, but now in my third trimester, I’m craving sweets. I NEED chocolate in my life all the time, but obviously, that’s not what I ought to be eating. So I keep a few of these in my purse for whenever I’m on the go and need a pick me up. It’s all about the Little Wins™ these days and when I’m able to satisfy a craving with something healthy like these bars, I definitely feel like I’m winning.
Ever since I started growing a human inside me, I’ve been really focused on making healthier choices. Normally, I’m not as mindful of what I eat or how often I workout, but it’s not just about me anymore. It’s about our baby girl, and I’ve got to make sure I’m doing what’s best for her.
So for those of you in the same boat, here’s a printable with a quick and easy pregnancy fitness routine that you can do just about anywhere! Print out a copy, check off as many of the workouts as you’re feeling up to that day, and feel good knowing that you were at least a little bit active instead of just collapsing on the couch!
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