Pregnancy is not the time to start something new…

Unless that something is a pool workout!  I have now done 3 water aerobics type classes, some swimming and the Fit Pregnancy water workout mentioned in my Pregnancy Workouts page.  They are fun workouts, quite soothing and great for a pregnant woman’s changing balance.

Monday, there was a special holiday Aqua Zumba class at the gym.  It was fun, but not as fun as Zumba usually is.  I felt like we did many of the same moves over and over.  But I also didn’t feel terribly silly trying to dance because the water hid me trying to do any pregnant booty shaking.  I was doing Turbo Kick a few weeks ago at home (at about 3am before a flight) and could see my pregnant pump it in my window.  I was amused!

I used the pool weights during most of the songs for extra resistance.  It seems like you’re using these nothing weights, but they really create a lot of pull in the water.   I’m glad I made it a point to take the class (I put it in my phone with an alarm) but I’m not sure if I would go all of the time.  My gym doesn’t offer water based classes when I can take them so I have tried to go when I could.  It was the last class they did in the outside pool. It wasn’t the nicest day, but exercising outside was fun.  I didn’t have to worry about getting too much sun being in the water for an hour.

So if you’re looking for something to try for prenatal fitness, definitely think about a water based workout.  It may be very different from your usual workout and you will likely be one of the youngest people there, but everyone has a good time and the water feels great!

Workout yesterday – Aqua Zumba
Workout today – 20 minutes elliptical, weights (Day 1 from here)

Big Day Off!

And did nothing!!  Not nothing, but I did take the day off to relax.  I haven’t slept that well lately, and really just needed an extra day for me.

I did not set an alarm this morning, and definitely slept past my usual 5am wake up time.

I did go to an aqua class at the gym that I can never take because I’m at work.  Now that it’s summer, they do the class in the outdoor gym pool,so that was a good time.  I liked working out outside and the water is fairly soothing.  It can get tough to workout, and I took an indoor cycling class Thursday night.

I did go get lunch with my husband who is also off today.  He works every other weekend, so he has some weekdays off.

I did go to a farmstand for some fresh produce.  I’m excited about the gorgeous watermelon we got!

I did take a nap.  Only for about an hour, but it was lovely.

And I will have grilled corn (another farmstand buy) and walk to a local fair tonight.

I think that makes for a successful day off.  I did some productive internetting (along with some not so productive) but it was still enjoyable.  I’m looking forward to two more days off, probably with more things getting done.