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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Walk The Walk

We all know I enjoy exercising. It's sort of my reality getaway. Many of you have asked me what I've been doing to workout during pregnancy. Well, I've been walking.



I haven't been to Jazzercise or Pure Barre since I found out I was pregnant. And I haven't attempted to run either. I've known people who have continued with their normal workout routine, but I decided walking was the best option for me.

During the week, I wake up at 6am, throw on some clothes and hit the neighborhood walking. I can do our entire neighborhood (a little over 4 miles) in a little less than an hour.

Getting out of bed at 6am stinks, but with the heat, I have to walk in the morning. It's also quite calm and peaceful that early in the morning. And the neighbors don't stop to chit chat. I find that I can lace my shoes, put on my iPod and clear my mind to prepare for the day ahead.

It's really helped me to have more energy during the day. I've heard stories about women who walked while they were pregnant had a quicker delivery and recovery was better. I'm not too worried with the weight gain. I just want to stay healthy.

What exercise have you tried or are you doing during pregnancy?

In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

27 comments:

Amber said...

I need to start getting up and going in the mornings, because like you said it's too hot in the evening!

Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

You keep on walking! I know it will do good things for the pregnancy and for your sanity too! ;)

timlinzrowland said...

I walked when I was pregnant and I can't recall if it helped with delivery but it certainly helped me feel better for those last few months. I think if I wasn't staying active I would have had a lot harder time in the last trimester. So stay with it girl... it does help!
Still so excited for you!

J and A said...

Good work lady, keep it up!

Neely said...

Have you read the blog, runnerstrials? She is pregnant and her blog is all about working out and eating healthy. You should check it out!

Kristen :) said...

When I was pregnant with Samantha I taught Jazzercise up until I was almost 8 months pregnant. This time - I'm not even walking. I haven't gained much weight, but I'm not really pleased with myself. We just had so many problems in the beginning, we decided not to risk it. I'm hoping to pick it back up once she gets here, I'm gonna need it!!!

star said...

I have also heard from lots of pregnant ladies in the past that walking is really good for you when you're pregnant! My sis walks a lot! Keep on walking girl!

Leslie said...

I actually just wrote a post about this but hadn't posted it yet! I wasn't working out regularly when I got pregnant, so I walked all the way through my pregnancy. I also took the stairs at work (3 flights) up until my last day. My labor was only about 9 hours, and I recovered quickly, so I definitely think it can't hurt! Now that I'm doing Jazzercise I would love to continue that throughout my next pregnancy if I can!

Beth Wilson said...

Well, obviously I'm not pregnant...but I'm so proud of you for exercising during your pregnancy. It's so healthy and wonderful for your baby. :) I hope I'll be able to continue running whenever that time comes for me. And yes, with this insane heat, we have to start early!

There's No Place Like Memphis Mama said...

I think the only thing I am exercising is my mouth unfortunately!

Mrs. H said...

I've heard that walking really does help with keeping the weight off. Especially if you are doing 4 miles! You go girl! Can't wait to start seeing the baby bump pictures!

Meredith said...

I usually get up at 5:30-5:45 to beat the heat and run, but if I am lazy and sleep late, I run on the treadmill at night. but I do prefer running outside vs on the treadmill b/c of the change of scenery.

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Kristen said...

I have been doing lots of walking, spending some quality time with the elliptical and doing a pregnancy strenth and cardio DVD a few times a week. I am in my third trimester and have noticed that I don't feel as "drained" as some others say they feel. I truly think it helps keep your energy up.

AND I am hoping it helps with a safe (and quick) delivery :)

Mateya said...

I was wondering if you were going to continue with Jazzercise.

Walking 4 miles is great! I am so impressed that you even get up early to do it beings everyone says how pregnancy makes you sooo tired! Good for you!

I love to get up in the mornings to get my runs in (unfortunately I have to be up before 5AM to get it in and make it to work on time) but I do feel like I have more energy on the days that I do!

I have also heard that walking helps with delivery and recovery!

Jessica said...

I think walking is a great option! You must not have morning sickness if you walk in the morning, haha, because there's no way I could exercise if I was sick on the stomach.

Kristin said...

Nice long morning walks are my favorite!!! I wish I had the motivation to get up that early on my days off, because I love it. Do the pups come with you? Cuz seeing my fur-baby's little but wiggle along with me is my favorite part. :)

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Well you probably shouldn't take my advice since I've never been pregnant. BUT I feel like I've heard a lot about people doing yoga when they are pregnant.

erin said...

Walking was also my primary exercise of choice while pregnant, although I do confess that I pretty much stopped all exercise around the 8.5 month mark because I was just too tired and uncomfortable. I was in labor for about 25.5 hours, so I don't think it really helped with that, but I have heard others say that it helped tremendously. It definitely is great that you're trying to stay active. I read that exercises like walking feel good to the baby because it's like he/she is being rocked in the womb, so you're really doing it for the both of you. :)

d.a.r. said...

I think exercising and being active has helped me SO much already!! I never got sick and didn't feel TOOO exhausted the entire first trimester. I stuck with my regular 8-10 workouts a week (swimming, spin class, strength training, running) and did a triathlon last weekend at 12 weeks preggers. So far, so good. My doc is totally on board with it and I feel great. Hopefully it lasts!!

Brittany said...

The heat has been brutal lately, but I'm still going to the gym for the elliptical and walking outside when it isn't too hot out 3-4 days a week for about 30 minutes each time. Plus, prenatal yoga 1x/week. I'm trying to keep it up until delivery. So far, so good as I am 33 weeks today!

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A Wedding Story said...

Exercise? You're allowed to do that when pregnant? ;)

My only form of exercise is pulling weeds and taking walks at night (although they are few and far between). My main exercise is lifting a spoon to my mouth ;) Oh, Lordy I am doomed!

JamieMoore said...

Good Work Caroline!! I loved walking when I was pregnant. I did run until I was 4 months and it was tough. I also swam. In Vancouver we have a deep water fitness class where you feel like you got a great workout like a long run! Also if you have stairs close by in a stadium just walking the stairs is a great workout too!

Keep on staying fit! I look forward to reading more!

Check me out at Geojammoore.blogspot.com :0)

Hannah @ The New Black said...

I am a big fan of walking too. I wish my workday didn't begin at 6AM because I'd much rather walk in the morning than in the(sometimes)heat of the afternoon...and I just can't bring myself to get up any earlier than I already do!

black tag diaries said...

caroline... CONGRATULATIONS!!! i saw your preggo post when i was in alaska... so exciting! i wanted to comment earlier. best wishes to you and fred... can't wait to hear more!!

Yelena Starikova said...

I love exercise!! I prefer the GYM! But any kind of moving is GREAT!!

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Meagan said...

Walking is a great choice! You could swim too! I walked and I think it helped me not be so uncomfortable at the end. I also think it was the reason I was so dilated by the time I went into labor, that, and sex. I was a seven when I got to the hospital. Much better than having to be on pitocin. I have a friend that has a fussy baby that is only happy and able to sleep when in constant motion. She swears it's because she ran her whole pregnancy. Don't know if that's why or not, but interesting.