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I’ve been reading countless studies about the benefits of staying fit during pregnancy. Aside from generally shorter and easier labor, there are lots of benefits for the brain and physical ability of the baby. Nothing is too shocking: be healthy and your baby is more likely to be healthy. It shouldn’t be new to me, but it has reminded me that all that sitting around with nausea the first trimester did nothing for me or for him.I’ve been working on finding a new routine here in Findlay that works for pregnancy and the area. There aren’t any mountains for climbing or trails for biking, but there are acres upon acres of gorgeous farmland to run, walk, or road bike next to. There is a beauty unique to rolling farmland and I’m starting to fall in love with it.
- Keep hydrated: this is my number one for energy, motivation to exercise, beating nausea, combatting cramps…everything. It also makes sure that my baby is getting enough liquid while I work out.
- Don’t overdo it/ listen to my body: Prior to being pregnant, Ben was really great at pushing me farther than I thought I could go (or than my lazy self wanted to go) whenever we were working out. Now though, I’m extra careful to listen to my body and take it slow. It means I walk more than I run and sometimes I walk faster than I run 😉
- Pick a routine and stick to it: I have a few regular strength exercises I do everyday and so even if I don’t get a walk/run in, I’ve done a little something. It really helps me to have a set time/place that I do these.
- Track my progress: Ben has a fitness chart he uses to mark off his progress and I’ve been meaning to come up with something similar for me to track my fitness goals. Lately, I’ve been using the Walgreens App (which I already had on my phone because it makes developing instagram pictures so easy).
^the app (go download it even if you hate being healthy so you can print instagram photos from your phone)
^^a few of my goals (clearly I was better at the walking goal than the running goal for part of last week)
^^^how you input your progress (I like the little notes) — and the weight tracker (I’m using it to monitor my weight gain for this pregnancy and I love that it asks for time of day as well as notes so I can note what I’m wearing as well as the time)A few more pictures from last week’s walk/run.
Sometimes on runs, you’ll come across stands of fresh produce (and sometimes its free fresh produce!).
^these VS leggings and sports bra are the best thing that’s happened to my fitness motivation this week. I’ve lived in the sports bra since it arrived!
^^little baby, we love you already 🙂on me:
sports bra & leggings; c/o Victoria Secret (I shouldn’t be surprised that the best bra company makes the best sports bras, but I was. And little has jump started my fitness goals like new workout gear) via Influenster