i can envision what the ideal pregnancy workout schedule would look like.
– 3-4 cardio workouts – runs, perhaps? some amazing women are even able to go nearly as fast [or as far] as before pregnancy.
– 1-2 yoga sessions. deep, stretchy prenatal sessions or modified regular ones, to open up hips and prepare the ‘core’ [or what remains of the core . . .] for delivery
– strength training, to maintain muscle mass throughout 40 weeks of packin’ on the pounds. all in preparation for lifting the 7 lb baby, of course!
here’s what i’ve actually been doing.
– 3-4 run/walk combos. on weekday treadmill workouts, i do 4 minutes of ‘running’ [5.0 mph] alternating with 2 minutes walking [3.5 mph] for 40 minutes total. on weekend runs outside i am oddly faster, covering 3-3.5 miles at approximately 11:00/mi pace. and i refuse to push the Bob while running these days.
[this is where my paces are now, at 30 weeks. i was faster before and expect to get slower before the 40 weeks are up].
– averaging out to perhaps 0.33 yoga sessions/week
– strength training consisting of picking up this muffin when necessary:
– that’s it.
i may be my own harshest critic, but i give myself a B this time around for pregnancy fitness. with annabel — well, there was no annabel, so i had all the time in the mornings to squeeze in other workouts. i did pregnancy fitness dvds, prenatal yoga, AND running/elliptical, for 5-6 workouts each week. and i think i was a bit faster — which doesn’t make much sense, because i was ‘fitter’ going into this pregnancy.
ahh well. i’m actually very at peace with all of this, and even my own lukewarm letter grade. i still squeeze in runs because i honestly enjoy them [and looooove how i feel afterwards], so it’s worth it to me. there will be plenty of time for a more balanced and comprehensive approach to fitness at some point*, but for now i honestly am okay with whatever happens from weeks 30-40.
fantasy list of things i’d like to try postpartum:
* you know, when a. and babyboy are in college.
30 weeks! 10 . . . or 9 . . . or 8 . . . or 11 more!