At 34 weeks pregnant, staying fit is different. The workouts are different. Now that there’s a medicine ball where my stomach use to be, the old routine just won’t work. I have to get much more creative to find things that are comfortable.
If you’re in the same boat, have no fear, there are ways to get a good workout in if you know where to look. Here are some of my favorite places/ways to get fit right now:
The Gym – The gym has all the tools you need to be able to successfully modify your workout. When I’m there, I find myself reaching for the same things these days…Dumbbells, Stability Ball, yoga mat and jump box. With that arsenal, I’m able to work just about every muscle group safely not to mention all the cardio equipment. My Favorite cardio equipment right now is the elliptical, stairmill and I still enjoy a spin every now and then!
The Pool – I have a bad back and I find relief in the pool. I know, it’s not fun to put a swim suit on while you’re pregnant but it will all be worth it to be able to find a little relief in the pool. From doing laps, to pool running, it all feels better with the help of the water. Find a pool that has kick boards, flippers, and/or pool weights, you can do a lot in the pool!
The Yoga Studio – The great thing about specialized facilities like yoga studios is that they have trained qualified professionals (at least they should) who know exactly what to help you do during the various phases of pregnancy. Many will have specific classes for prenatal yoga. I’ve taken a couple of these and they have really helped relieve some of the pressure on my joints and muscles.
The Video Store – When was the last time you went to a video store? Anyway, there are tons of prenatal workout DVDs just waiting for you to pop one in.
The fact is there are some perks to being pregnant. You now, for this short window of time, have an excuse to try different workouts without feeling like you’re compromising a goal or workout objective. This is a time for exploration and trying new things.
Enjoy the time free of goals, go for a swim, try some modified sun salutations. It’s all good as long as your moving!
What are some of your secrets to staying fit during pregnancy?