Staying in Shape Through Pregnancy: It Doesn’t Take Much

With all my talk of keeping up mileage, maintaining speed, cross training, etc., I am afraid I may have made it seem like staying in shape through pregnancy is something that takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, tons of energy and motivation, and maybe an audience of blog readers who want to know (or maybe don’t) how to run through pregnancy.

But the thing is, it really doesn’t take that much to stay healthy and active when you are pregnant.

Maybe you don’t have it in you to run fifteen miles a week. Maybe you never have. But it might be pretty easy to find ways to walk 15 minutes a day – taking the dog out, meeting up with a friend, walking the kids to a park you usually drive to.

Maybe going to the gym to lift weights is something that no longer interests you once you are in the throes of morning sickness. But taking a couple of minutes to some squats or lunges in the living room is do-able.

Maybe you used to rock it in Zumba class, but you’re having a hard time dragging yourself out the door and just can’t make it to class anymore. But there’s a playlist you and your roommates used to rock out to in college and every time you hear a song from it, you can’t help but relive those days – and, even better, the kids like to get in on the action, too. So you put the playlist on and dance it up in the living room every afternoon.

What I’m saying is this: Even the little things count. Take note of them and feel good about it.

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  1. You know what else will make pregnancy workouts that much better and easier? A long bath in the evening after you’ve worked out. It will make most of the aches and pains disappear! I’m mad I only discovered this in my 39th week of pregnancy.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, that sounds lovely. Thanks for the tip! Pamper yourself as much as you can before you need to pamper someone else all the time.

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