Pregnancy Has Changed My Workouts
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While I was running my best run since August yesterday on the treadmill, I started thinking about how my workouts have changed since becoming pregnant. I went from have a training schedule to letting my body dictate my workouts. Here’s how things have changed:
1. Running – When I hit the treadmill at the gym, I go for 60 minutes. In that time, I let my body tell me how far and how fast I can run that day. Some days I am really slow and have to walk more, other days I can run a little faster with shorter walk breaks. I have also realized that my pregnant body doesn’t like to run two days in a row. Last time I did that, I had a horrible backache on day 3.
2. Swimming – On my non-running days, I am hitting the pool. My goal each time is to swim for 30-40 minutes. My pace has definitely slowed so I’m not able to swim as many laps in the that time frame. I also take a 1-2 minute break between every set of 10 laps, it helps bring my heart rate down a bit and give me a breather.
3. Lifting – This is something I need to start since I stink at it. I usually use my 5lb arms weights at home twice a week but I need a gym routine. Any suggestions?
4. Cross-training – I try to cross-train at least once a week and it is usually biking or elliptical. During the 1st trimester on sick days, I would use the recumbent bike for an hour. On non-sick cross-training days, I like to hop on the elliptical for 60 minutes. If I’m sick of the gym and it’s beautiful out,then I like to take a 3 mile walk.
5. Rest Days – I am sticking with my one scheduled rest day a week that I always had during marathon training. If I start to feel sick or I’m just too tired, then I’ll take an additional rest day.
Pregnancy has made me realize that I have little control over how my body reacts to exercise right now. I do know that daily exercise is good for me and the baby so I’m going to continue as long as possible. The doctor is very happy that I started swimming again as he doesn’t want me running past the 7 month. I can swim until the end though . Has pregnancy changed your workouts?
I am baking up a storm this afternoon and trying out a new recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Can’t wait to see how it comes out and share it with all of you! The husband and I are hitting the pool tonight for a swim.