In a continuation of my “getting ready* for baby” series, that started with Eating Right, today I’d like to talk about fitness.
* Please leave your “You’re never ready”s at the door. I know, I know. But you know what I mean, so let’s not get lost in semantics.
As I mentioned in the post noted above, my progress to a healthier, more informed human has hit some major stumbling blocks. After tremendous growth and weight loss not only did I lose site of my dietary progress, but also all the physical progress I’d made. I went from mostly sitting in an office and on the couch to running half-marathons, climbing increasingly hard routes in the rock climbing gym and playing in a recreational volleyball league. And then found my way back to the desk and the couch.
I’m not here to fat-shame anyone, especially pregnant women, and I know that there are many reasons why pregnancy can result in bedrest and reduced exercise. That said, I would much rather have a pregancy where I’m capable of doing this (assuming no restrictions):
Than one where I’m only doing this:
In any case, the key to being as fit as possible before, during, and after pregnancy is not expecting yourself to suddenly be able to start running 10 miles or bench pressing 250 now that you’re pregnant or “to lose the baby weight” when you’re exhausted and focused on nurturing new life and adjusting to parenthood.
By building good habits NOW, I’m empowering my body to tell me what I can handle and when I can handle it – even as my life, and body, start to change.
What I’m Doing
- Walking. A lot.
- Using my FitBit I’m attempting to get at least 10,000 steps most days. That’s not much in the grand scheme of things, but considering I have a job that ties me to the computer for 8+ hours per day, it’s a big deal.
- Hitting the gym. A lot.
- Working with a buddy, we’ve developed a workout system by which we can only watch a TV show we’re both into (The Magicians, at the moment) if we’ve gone to the gym or otherwise worked out at a minimum of a moderate effort. It’s been pretty helpful in getting me out of bed and to the gym. No more bingeing without earning it!
- Incorporating strength training. Slowly.
- Mindful of injuries or strains that can derail progress entirely, I’m starting slow with strength/lifting. Currently I’m only at the bodyweight level, using the Beginner Bodyweight Workout from NerdFitness.