40 minute cardio-kickboxing workout (Xfinity On Demand)
As my pregnancy progresses, I've had to continuously modify my workouts. I'm hardly showing yet, so I can only imagine what kind of changes I will have to make when my bump grows! This part has been especially difficult for me. For anyone who has worked hard to achieve fitness goals, it's demotivating to find yourself treading backwards. Yesterday, I took the day off from running and opted for an On Demand workout to switch things up. I've been doing this particular workout for the past 2 years or so. I used to do it every week when I was training for running events as part of my cross training, but since then, I really only do it about once a month. The last time I did this workout was probably 5 weeks ago, when I was only 13 weeks along and was able to do the entire thing with no modifications. Sure, it felt a little harder than I had remembered it being but altogether, not so bad. Yesterday, I had to stop a few times during some of the exercises and make modifications on some that felt a little uncomfortable, like the jumping lunges and power squats. While it was a little disappointing, I accepted it and continued on with the workout. By the end, I had a great 40 minute workout under my belt and dare I say, even felt proud of accomplishing it. I swear, it's the hormones!
Now, I've come to a point where I'm just happy with whatever exercise I get each day, even if it's just a 2 mile walk with my pup. I try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in 6 days a week because it's good for me and good for the pregnancy. One of my new favorite pregnancy workouts is this one I do on the treadmill 1-2x a week. I get a 3 mile workout done in 30 minutes by alternating moderate and fast running segments with walking recovery intervals to keep my heart rate in a good range.