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running out, water in

by Heather

Today I’m getting closer to rounding out my 33rd week of pregnancy. A lot has changed from the first and second trimester now!

I was still running up until about 3-4 weeks ago, and now don’t have any intention of hitting the pavement until after Hunter’s here… but why?


CIMG2942Running is tough (really tough) with 35 extra pounds. Not only the impact when my feet hit the ground, but having to push the extra weight forward is a challenge.

My last run left my shins and calves extremely sore. Maybe if I had ended on a good run I would still have continued on.

The hubs has always been worried about me falling, and even more lately. He’s going to be happy that I’m holding off.

I don’t feel like I need to since there are so many other ways I love to exercise.

So for now running is out, but water is now in!

This is my third week of going to water aerobics in the morning and I still love every minute of it.

The water makes me feel light as I bounce around.

Using water dumbbells really works my muscles in a new way and variety is always a good thing.

I can run in water and it doesn’t feel like I’m lugging around as much weight.

I’ve always loved swimming, so being in the water just feels right.

It’s nice and warm!

And just plain fun!

I am really looking forward to that first endorphin fueled run post baby, but until then, I’ll hold off and enjoy my new found love for water aerobics.

Any new exercise you’ve added in or taken out lately?

Bathroom remodel pics will be up tomorrow!


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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 10, 2012 - 8:33 am

how fun!! enjoy your water aerobics classes. like you said, there’s plenty of ways to exercise without having to run. your bump is adorable!

Get Healthy with Heather April 10, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Oh yes, running is just one of the many many options.

Lindsay @ Running the Windy City April 10, 2012 - 8:45 am

I love being in the water and it is so much easier on the body and joints! Plus you can get an amazing full body workout without too many aches afterwards.

Get Healthy with Heather April 10, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Definitely way less aches! It’s like a smoothing workout, but still a great full body workout

Erica April 10, 2012 - 9:44 am

Good for you! Definitely have to do what feels right. How cute is your belly?

Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 10, 2012 - 11:17 am

Switching to the water sports is definitely something that will make your joints a little happier until after baby. I imagine that much more weight on them was quite the challenge!

Get Healthy with Heather April 10, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Yup, turns out it is more of a challenge!

Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat April 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

About a month ago I took up Crossfit, but I missed my weights waaaay too much and am back in the gym for weights only for now!

Get Healthy with Heather April 10, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Weights are something I would definitely miss too if I took a break!

Andrea@WellnessNotes April 10, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Great that you have found an exercise to replace running for now. Enjoy the water! 🙂 It’s all about finding what works for us at any particular stage in our lives…

I have been hiking more again, and it’s been great!

Emily Butler April 10, 2012 - 2:52 pm

I remember having to give up running when I was pregnant, I remember craving a nice run so bad!! Now I can again and it feels wonderful! Over the last three weeks I’ve added in a bunch of Jillian Michaels workout DVDs for a good workout along with walking, now I can walk a little more for just relaxing and not worry about it being my main workout! But I’ve really been loving doing the DVDs right in my own home (makes it easy to workout with three little ones at home) and her workouts don’t get boring!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers April 10, 2012 - 3:43 pm

I can’t believe you ran for so long! I’d be worried too! Glad you stopped. Water Aerobics looks like fun whether your pregnant or not!!

Ellen April 10, 2012 - 8:43 pm

I don’t know how some women run their entire pregnancy! I would have loved to.. toward the end I’d forget I was pregnant for a second and run to catch the MAX or a bus–my back would kill me for a minute! The belly is now in charge.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List April 11, 2012 - 6:27 am

I teach water aerobics! (actually teaching two classes this morning!)…it’s one of my favorite exercises! You feel so “fluid” afterwards!

Get Healthy with Heather April 11, 2012 - 6:45 am

I hope to start teaching it this summer!

K April 12, 2012 - 6:35 am

I so agree that the water is energizing during pregnancy. I’m closing in on 39 weeks right now, and I’m still doing tons of swimming and loving deep water running too. I did lots of water aerobics throughout, but any time you can spend in the water, feeling weightless, is heavenly! It’s so great to see other pregnant women taking advantage of the many advantages of the pool. I think the reason I’ve staved off any swelling and many other symptoms is… The pool! Good luck with everything!

Get Healthy with Heather April 12, 2012 - 9:28 am

Thanks K, I definitely want to try out water jogging/running. So cool that you’ve got to spend so much time in the water too! Good luck with the last little bit of your pregnancy!


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