No More Run Run Runaway Baby!
For many expecting mothers, running causes your heart rate to get too high too fast! This isn’t always the case, some women run hours before going into labor. For most of us, however, there comes a point in our pregnancy where running leads to dizziness, weakness and exhaustion. For me, that started around week 30. These days I’m breathing heavy after a ‘hike’ up the stairs, chasing Evie around the living room, or rolling over in bed in the middle of the night. The struggle is SO real during this trimester.
I still try to stay active and get in cardio and a light weighted exercise. I’ve looked into several alternatives to my usual run which turned into a job a few weeks back. This week, I have opted for dancing off the calories with ZUMBA! Let me state, I am a terrible dancer, without the help of tequila. Zumba is a total challenge for me in terms of making it look good, and it get’s me moving, sweating, and laughing at myself. To keep things exciting, I plan to incorporated several forms of cardio into my workouts over the next 8 weeks or so.
Crushing the Cardio- Top 5 Alternatives to Running While Pregnant
- fun, great social exercise if you join a group class
- safe (but please steer clear of high heels, we pregnant women don’t have the best balance)
- You’d be amazed at how many calories you burn while grooving to your favorite songs
- gentle on your joints,
- excellent way to improve circulation
- Swimming often leaves your body feeling more relaxed and less swollen
- targets abs, back, legs, arms while improving cardiovascular health
4. Stationary Bike or Elliptical
- limited risk of tripping or falling compared to most cardio machines
- easily modified to accommodate any skill level
5. Power Walking
- enjoy working out in the outdoors
- wear a Fitbit to create your own challenges and set fitness goals
What are your favorite ways to get cardio in daily?
Happy Baby Making