A New Way of Working Out

I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I have some exciting news I would like to share…I’m pregnant! This is a major change to most aspects of my life – no coffee, sub sands, no wine, asking what is in stuff, nauseous most of the time, grouchy for no reason, but I really didn’t want to give up working out. Working out has become a big part of my routine and it would be hard to quit now. So instead of sitting on the couch for 9 months, I have taken the docs advice about not lifting heavy things and keeping a low heart rate and modified my workouts accordingly. No Insanity for me. Some people will have different opinions about working out while pregnant, but my doctor says it’s perfectly fine, as long as I play it safe,
My workouts now consist of TurboFire, Brazil Butt Lift (gotta keep that butt perky), and lifting weights and using moves from P90X that are safe for a pregnant woman like myself. During TurboFire, there is jumping, but I make sure to do squats or leg lifts. Not only keeps my heart rate down, but adds a little strength component to the workout. When it calls for weightlifting, I keep the weights light (with more reps 12-14) and stop if I get winded. I make sure to stick to bicep curls, tricep extensions and what I feel is safe! I avoid anything like ab work (no Ab Ripper X)) or anything where I am laying on my back lifting weights. As I get further along in my pregnancy, I will be adding in prenatal yoga.

I have noticed that the benefits of working out while pregnant are not much different than working out while not pregnant, except now I am working out for my babies benefit too. Here are some of the benefits I have thought of so far (let me know what others you can think of):

1. Boost your energy
2. Sleep better
3. Reduce pregnancy discomfort
4. Prepare for childbirth
5. Reduce stress and lift your spirits
6. Improve your self-image
7. Get your body back faster after childbirth

Make sure when starting a fitness program, especially a BeachBody workout, talk to your doctor about the type of workouts you will be doing. Drink plenty of water during your workout and through the day and modify, modify, modify!

In other household fitness news, I would like to give a big thumbs up to my wonderful husband who finished 4th overall in the Silver State 50k race yesterday He just missed a trophy, but was happy to have a solid race.

Until next time,
Ryann

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