I have three types of workouts I love- Beachbody (currently 21 Day Fix and T 25), running- (I love half marathons!!), and hot yoga.
Before I got pregnant, I attended hot yoga burn classes 2 or 3 times a week at Zen Yoga Garage. These classes were at a local yoga studio that I was a member of, and I would go at 6 am, get ready for work, and tackle the day. These classes were hot- about 90-100 degrees, and were vinyasa yoga classes with weights and HIIT mixed in. I was addicted to yoga burn! The workout was amazing- a combination of strength and cardio, plus all the benefits of yoga-clarity, calm, and my favorite part-savasana. I knew that when I got pregnant I would have to give this up, because your body temperature cannot get too high when you are pregnant. I hoped to still attend other classes like prenatal yoga and their barre classes that are not heated.
I have like running for my whole adult life. I have struggled with knee pain, which stems from tendonitis in my knee. Basically, if I add too much mileage or speed onto my training plan, my knee hurts. I have learned how to work around this, and have been able to successfully run 3 half marathons in the past two years. Last winter I trained for a half marathon by myself for the first time (previously ran with Jim), and did almost all of my training before work, in the dark, outside, in the middle of winter. I thought there was no way this would work and that I would probably not finish the training or run in the race. However, I ended up loving it! I ran the half marathon in April, and kept running afterwards.
I have been a Beachbody customer for almost 10 years, and love doing these workouts when I don’t go to yoga or run. They are always quick and efficient, and a great way to fit in a workout at home. juliaschachtfitness.com
First Trimester Workouts
As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I stopped going to hot yoga. I continued to run but didn’t stopped fairly early on, because I was spotting. I took it easy, and decided to switch to more pregnancy-friendly workouts like Piyo. Eventually I tried running again, but it felt weird. Really weird. I was hoping be a running pregnant lady, but that is just not in the cards for me. So instead, I have been doing T25, Piyo, and 21 Day Fix Extreme. I modify all of them, and don’t do the jumping parts. My doctor said as long as it feels good I can continue. The jumping didn’t feel good, so I decided to modify. I still get a good workout in! I have also been doing prenatal yoga classes online. I would like to go to a studio soon for prenatal yoga, because I miss the studio vibe, with good music and positive energy. I have also been walking. Each night we go for a 2 mile walk, which is a nice way to digest dinner! I am hoping to continue with my current level of fitness as long as I can. I work out for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week not including walking and yoga. My fatigue goes away for a while after I workout, and it is the time that I feel most like “me”. It also doesn’t hurt to release some endorphins everyday!