You know the funny thing about pregnancy?
No matter how much you work out, you know you won’t improve. You’ll get slower, bigger, less coordinated – all the opposite things that normally happen when you stick to a workout regime. Sometimes it feels like you’re moving backwards.
Working out while pregnant definitely requires a different mindset. You’re not working out to lose weight. You’re not working out to achieve a certain physique. You’re working out to be as fit and healthy as you can. (But shouldn’t that always be our goal?)
This became especially apparent yesterday morning. I set out for my morning walk with the Mini Athlete determined to walk my 1.85 mile route faster than I have been. It usually takes me a little more than 35 minutes. I set my goal on finishing in less than 30 minutes. I started speed walking like nobody’s business. I even tried jogging a few times. I felt fine for the most part – except a nagging discomfort in my right hip. I wouldn’t call it pain – but something definitely didn’t feel right.
I finished the route in 30:30 – almost my goal time! But at what cost?
Do I feel more fit and healthy than I did before that walk? Well, yes, I’m sure my cardiovascular system got a better workout than it has for a while. But my hip definitely suffered. If I weren’t pregnant, I might try to push through it. But I am pregnant. And since I had some serious hip pain with my last pregnancy…let’s just say it’s something I’d like to avoid this time around.
So where does that leave me? I won’t be giving up my morning walk – I know that exercise while pregnant reaps huge benefits. But I won’t be focusing on my time anymore. It’s not a race.
It’s about maintaining fitness. Being healthy.
And for now, that means walking a little more slowly than I’d like.
Have you ever had to scale back your workouts for the sake of your health?