With a new year comes the slew of “resolutions” that everyone seems to set. This year, my resolution is to exercise more. Cliche and boring, right? Yeah, I know. I considered the possibility that it may not even be blog worthy, but I changed my mind because it’s a unique goal for me. I’ve never had much of a problem getting motivated to go for walk or do some other form of exercise. Don’t get me wrong; I’m certainly not “hardcore” about working out, but when the weather is nice it’s rare if I go more than a few days without doing some kind of exercise. I feel GREAT when I’m in an exercise routine (which usually consists of long, brisk walks) — I have more energy, feel happier, and have a more positive self-image.
However, since I became pregnant, I have not exercised once. That’s right…almost 11 weeks of pretty much no physical activity. I have read a million times how important it is to exercise and stay fit during pregnancy, especially if you plan to deliver naturally, which I do (more about that later). So why have I been slacking off? Because I’m SO TIRED all the time! (Well, the cold weather doesn’t help either.) I know that pregnancy is going to make me tired. I mean, I’m growing a human – that’s hard work! However, I’m convinced that part of the reason I feel so tired is actually due to the fact that I haven’t been exercising. It’s a vicious cycle: too tired to exercise = not exercising = being even more tired.
So, I’m making it my goal in the new year to exercise more regularly! I just need to do it. I started today by taking a (much shorter than normal) walk outside. Yes, it was cold, but I felt so good afterwards! Plus, exercise is great for both me and the baby. Check out these benefits:
For mom: more energy, better sleep, less discomfort, reduced stress, childbirth preparation, and less time to get body back after birth.
For baby: better heart functioning before and after birth, less cranky during infancy and less likely to have colic, greater scores (tested at age 5) in oral language and motor skills.
Are there any other pregnant moms out there who want to join me?!