The Low Impact Sentence

Happy first Saturday of summer!

It’s surprisingly a bit cooler than it has been down here, it’s not yet 90 and we’re already past 10am 🙂  I’m enjoying another class-less Saturday while I am on a short break from my MBA classes.  The fact that I’m not training for anything and having no classes, sleeping after 8 is quite the treat.  I’m taking full advantage since the next break from school I will have a month old newborn on my hands!

Speaking of training and newborns, I went to the doctor this week and asked her about the soreness I was getting from my running.  She explained that it’s completely normal as our joints get extremely loose during pregnancy which will help with delivery, but not so much with high impact cardio like the running I was doing.  While some women don’t experience this problem with soreness, she advised that I should limit myself to low impact cardio for the rest of my pregnancy to avoid doing damage to my hips that could be more problematic in the long-term.  I am not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed.

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Jingo was pretty disappointed for me too.  Although secretly she was happy since she doesn’t like when I leave her to go run.  Running has felt really great up to this point, it was just the after that wasn’t so fun.  Of course though it is all for the greater good and I don’t want to do anything to put my health or my baby’s at risk for any issues down the road.

So what now?  What does this low impact sentence mean for me?  I still have quite a few options to get my sweat on:

  • Speed Walking – Maybe I can visualize myself running here
  • Elliptical – Most boring piece of exercise equipment known to man, but it does make me sweat quite nicely
  • Stair mill – See elliptical.
  • Swimming – Probably the best full body low impact workout out there, excellent for the joints and will bring me back to my triathlon training days
  • Classes/videos – having an instructor and others around can distract you from the fact that you’re not out there pounding the pavement
  • Stationary bike – harness your inner Lance Armstrong, without the EPO abuse and tendency to lie about it.

So all is not lost, and I have already been doing my best to get comfortable with the elliptical.  It takes a bit more mental strength and motivation to do these things but exercise is still so important to continue during pregnancy both for me and the baby!

Have a great Saturday, don’t forget to enter Marcia’s Designer Whey Giveaway!

2 thoughts on “The Low Impact Sentence

  1. Kristina @ Blog About Running says:

    You have a ton of options! I’ve just started using swimming as a cross training activity and am finding it to be a whole lot like running. I started out swimming laps way too fast and eventually realized it’s a lot more fun when you find a happy pace, just like with running 🙂

    Btw, how awesome that you used to do triathlons!!!

    • Maureen says:

      Yeah I’m looking forward to getting back in the pool! Just takes a little more thought than throwing on some sneakers, but like you said I just need to get used to it and find my happy pace 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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