I’ve got Stamina?
There comes a very humbling point in your pregnancy workouts when it feels like everyone is lapping you! But it’s in this time your body is telling you to slow down and be aware of your limitations.
This week, my body screamed at me , “Hey Patrice, take it easy,” and I stubbornly continued to push my workout. On Monday, I attended to my usual hour long boot-camp and felt so discouraged as I consistently finished my workouts last of everyone. I do mean everyone, from the 50+ year olds to my fellow pregnant workout pals; I was dead last to finish every exercise. Then I remembered something very important about motherhood: it’s important to give yourself credit for doing your best! Instead of fighting myself to push harder and exert every ounce of energy I had, I needed to listen to my body and do what I could do; and no matter how loud I blasted Sia’s “Stamina,” I wasn’t going to be competing with anyone but myself during the workout!
Listening to Your Body
First and foremost, you should always consult a doctor regarding your workouts. I always update my OB during our visits to let her know how often I am working out and what type of exercise I am doing. It’s always best to be on the safe side. Check out these myths and truths of working out while pregnant here. Secondly, If you partake in any group exercise or trainer led workouts, always inform the trainer/coach of your pregnancy so they can modify your routine accordingly.
Signs that you’re overdoing it:
back and/or abdominal pain
shortness of breath
heart rate of over 140 bpm. ‘
Please be aware of your body and how you feel throughout your workout to keep both mommy and baby safe and healthy!
Taking it Easy: Pregnancy Workout (3 sets of 10)
Tuesday’s workout consisted of a walk around the lake and lots of stretching, which is really important too!
Wednesday was another walk, this time with a new mommy and her precious little baby.
On Thursday I rested.
Which brings us to a very calm and relaxing Fit-bump Friday workout routine.
Side Step Squats
Army Plank Crawl (I’m on my knees these days)
Kneeling Glute Kick Backs
Arm Cirlcles (until you feel the burn)
Runners Stretch (Do these stretches as long as you’d like, they feel SO good)
Let me know what roadblocks you’ve hit with your workouts. Let’s get through these pregnancy workouts together!
Happy Baby Making