Lately, I have found myself losing so much flexibility just because I'm pregnant. It could be because I feel more restricted in how much physical activity I can do, the strain of the extra weight I'm carrying or it could be the way that my body is changing, but these days, stretching has never felt so good. I've really started to embrace yoga, in particular, now more than ever. Before I got pregnant, I always enjoyed yoga, but it was never my favorite. I would do it every once in a while when I felt like it, but I didn't really make it a priority in my regular fitness routine. These days, I find myself gravitating towards it outside of my regular fitness routine, even! I'll run through the sun salutations a handful of times before I go to bed just because I like how I feel when I'm done.
If you're anything like me, your first question about trying yoga while pregnant will be, is it safe and what moves and positions can't I do? I've done a little bit of research on my own, and the general consensus seems to be that prenatal yoga is great for you as long as you pay attention to your body and avoid extended periods of time laying flat on your back. I know that I sometimes feel a weird pressure on my lower belly while working out; I have no idea what's happening down there, but I usually stop what I'm doing when I feel it and just try something else. No big deal. I think the biggest problem that many pregnant women will come upon while doing yoga, in particular, is just the actual belly being in the way! The seated twist has never been so challenging for me these days =P But this issue is easily fixed by modifying the yoga positions to be more comfortable for you.
If you, too, are pregnant and looking for some relief, I highly recommend integrating prenatal yoga into your weekly routine. Yes, it's wonderfully uncomfortable, but I think it's a great escape from the even more uncomfortable time spent on the spin bike and treadmill. I happened to find this basic 10 minute prenatal yoga routine on FitSugar, and think it's a great introductory video that we could all find time to do while hanging out at home, watching TV or even right before bed. Try it, and thank me later! ;)
Bridal Fitness on Paper - 10 Minute Prenatal Yoga Session
Level of Difficulty: 1.5 out of 5 rings
|Equipment: Yoga mat|
|Time Commitment: 10 minutes|
Bridal Fitness on Paper is a weekly blog series posted every Monday, where I share and review a wide variety of cardio and resistance training workouts, both inside the gym and out. Bridal Fitness on Paper is meant to help guide brides along their weight loss journey all the way to the altar and beyond! All of the reviews posted are based on my own experience; I am not a fitness or nutrition professional, and am not liable for any injuries incurred while trying any of the workouts that I share here on A Paper Proposal. If you're curious about a specific workout, and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.