You guys know I love a good fitness challenge. I’m more motivated to workout if I know I’m working towards a goal and, let’s be honest, a prize.
My main fitness goals right now are to stay healthy for myself and the baby. Truthfully though, this makes it even harder to stay active. The same obstacles you face when it comes to working out normally are even tougher when pregnant. I’m too tired…it’s too hot…I have a million excuses to stay on the couch and each seems legitimate when adding in the pregnancy piece.
While it’s important for me to listen to my body and not push myself, especially in the heat, it’s also important for me to recognize when I’m just being lazy. Being active during pregnancy can help alleviate some pregnancy symptoms and prepare your body for labor (source). Research has also suggested that there may be long-term benefits to the baby (I’m going to be really bad here & not post a citation; I wrote a paper on physical activity and pregnancy last semester but can’t find my information right now <–see? Being lazy!).
To help motivate myself, I’ve created my own fitness challenge…kind of. Jazzercise offers a Fit Club shirt for anyone who reaches 150 classes in a calendar year (if your center participates)-check out this year’s shirt! It’s cute and I want it. Normally 150 classes in a year isn’t a challenge for me. In fact, I think I earned last year’s around August or September. This year is different though: I’m pregnant, have been and will be for almost the entire year (February-November).
This year it will be a challenge. And just to mix it up, I’m setting my goal to 100 pregnant Jazzercise classes. I took/taught my 50th class of the year at the beginning of March (end of the 35 Day Challenge) and am counting my pregnancy classes as starting from there (because really being 3 weeks pregnant doesn’t make much difference and because then I have nice even numbers to work with). As of right now, not counting the class I’m going to this morning, I’m at 65 classes while pregnant. That means I have 17 weeks to take 35 classes, although it’s doubtful that I’m going to make it to 40 weeks so I actually have fewer weeks.
I make it to about 2 classes a week now; once I’m done working and the heat isn’t as bad, I’m planning to up it to 3 or 4 classes a week. Of course, it all depends on how I’m feeling and if it doesn’t feel good anymore or my doctor tells me to stop, I will. But right now, it’s a fun challenge that I think will motivate me, keep me healthy, and of course, earn me that cute shirt!
My mom did tell me though that if the baby starts kicking “single, single, double” I need to cut back 😀