Workouts Lately

Over the years I’ve shared lots of blog posts about the kind of workouts I’m doing from weekly training recaps to monthly workout recaps to random posts such as this one.

Now that I’m about halfway through my 2nd trimester of my first pregnancy, and coming up on 6 months pregnant, my workouts are definitely looking a lot different than they used to. For example, look how much I worked out in February 2015!! I definitely do not workout that much these days but I have been feeling pretty good about how active I’ve managed to stay during this pregnancy, so here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

Yoga 

I kept up a really solid yoga practice at the beginning of the pregnancy and I am continuing to do 2 – 3 classes per week including 1 prenatal class per week. I’m definitely noticing how much I have to modify though, especially in the last couple of weeks as my belly gets better. I also find that morning yoga practices feel wayyyy better before my belly is not only full of baby but is also full of food from eating all day! I definitely hope to keep up my yoga practice right until the end if I can. I just signed up for another 8-week prenatal session that starts end of August so I’ll be solidly into my third trimester by then. The prenatal yoga especially feels really good because it’s less flowing and more long holds and lots of hip openers, which feels amazing right now.

Fitness Blender HIIT / Strength Workouts 

I’ve loved adding these back in during my 2nd trimester! Doing HIIT didn’t feel that great when I was super nauseous and sick during the 1st trimester so it’s been great to get back to it. I also just love that I can do these workouts at home with minimal equipment. Right now I’m doing three Fitness Blender workouts per week that range from 25 – 40 minutes each. My favourite workouts are the ones that include HIIT and strength movements so I get my heart rate up, get my sweat on and also feel like I get some good strength training in. I haven’t had any issue modifying these workouts for pregnancy either, I just cut out the high impact jumping and modify all the core stuff to do things like bird dog or plank instead of crunches.

I should also say that with both Fitness Blender workouts and yoga I am still going on my back. I stopped going on my stomach at all around 16 weeks because it didn’t feel good, but it still feels OK to be on my back for a short amount of time (I prop myself up with a bolster for long savasanas) so I’m going with it. Some people are not comfortable going on their back as early as 16 – 18 weeks though. You just have to do what feels right for you!

Walking 

I have managed to log a minimum of 10,000 + steps every single day since June 1! I’m trying to keep the streak up for all of July and maybe even all of August too. This usually involves at least 1 walk per day with Chloe but more often than not it’s 2 dog walks and then just my other general moving around the house. I don’t sit still very often in the evenings and am always moving / puttering around the house and yard which helps me get my steps in as well. Once or twice a week I try to push the pace on our walks a bit and do a bit of a faster walk to get a sweat on and get some cardio. I really do miss running and look forward to adding it back into my routine after Baby H is here – I might be done with long-distance running though, we’ll see.

Swimming 

I actually haven’t been swimming since my first trimester when it was the only cardio I could stand because of the nausea. But now that I’m really noticing my belly getting in the way again I am going to try and add it back in once a week as it is a great pregnancy workout and also just all around awesome cardio.

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Right now I am doing a Fitness Blender workout and/or yoga class at least 5 days a week and walking 10,000+ steps every day. I haven’t added the swimming back in yet, but plan to soon!

What do your workouts look like lately? If you’ve been pregnant before, what did they look like when you were pregnant, especially in the 3rd trimester as you got bigger!? 

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What my workouts look like these days

My workouts have really evolved and changed over the last couple of years. I never thought I would say this, but I’m not running anymore. My last real run was in November! In some ways that feels crazy to me, but in other ways it also feels right. I just have not had the urge to run. I know I’ll get back into it one day, but until then I’m trying not to sweat it too much (he he!) and focusing on doing other activities I enjoy.

So what am I doing?

Spin

I teach two spin classes per week from 6 – 6:45am. Monday’s is just a regular 45 minute spin class and Wednesdays is a spin bootcamp class where we get on and off the bike. When I’m teaching I definitely don’t push as hard as I would if I was actually taking the class, but I’m certainly still getting in a killer cardio workout!

Yoga

As mentioned a couple of times on the blog I have an unlimited yoga membership to the local vinyasa yoga studio. I try to go 3x per week but lately it’s been more like 2x per week. I am trying to get that number back up to 3 or even 4 though!

Fitness Blender 

I am so so glad I discovered fitnessblender.com several months ago. This website is amazing! It is packed chock full of free workouts ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour and they are all strength or cardio-strength (HIIT or Tabata style) workouts. I personally do best when I follow an actual program. In the fall I purchased the 8-week FB30 Round 3 program, where all the workouts are under 30 minutes long and I followed it twice back to back. Then just this last week I purchased the Bored Easy program and have started following it. My goal is to get in all 5 workouts per week for the next four weeks! Also my favourite part about Fitness Blender is that the workout programs are sooo inexpensive, like $15 – $25 CAD ($10 – $15 USD) for a 4-8 week program. Amazing!

Walking 

Walking has still been a huge way for me to move my body, especially as it’s been getting warmer outside. And ever since I got my FitBit Alta for my birthday last year (thanks husband!) I have been inspired to walk more and more. In December I managed to get in 12,000 steps every single day but one and I’m attempting to do so again this week. After a few very cold and very busy weeks at the end of January / beginning of February I haven’t been walking as much. I’m also so lucky that we have an incredible FREE indoor walking track here and it’s only a couple of blocks from my house. That has helped a lot for getting in my steps when the weather isn’t great.

Cross country skiing 

I only go once per week, but it’s still a super fun way to move my body and stay active during the winter months. Plus I love getting outside and getting fresh air 🙂

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Sometimes when you live in a winter climate you have to get very creative. Especially since March 1 will mark exactly 5 months since our first snowfall! That’s a lottttt of winter!

What ways have you been moving your body this winter?? 

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Kauai: Biking the Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail

Similar to when we traveled to Maui in 2015 I am doing several backdated posts about the different activities we enjoyed in Kauai before doing actual day-by-day recaps. 

This post is about our bike ride along the 4-mile (8-miles round trip) Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail on the Coconut Coast of Kauai. 

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Our Air BnB was located in Kapa’a, which is on the east coast of Kauai (also known as the Coconut Coast) and one of the best things about our location is that just across the street was the start of the Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail (to be called the trail for the rest of this blog post as that is a lot to type, lol!) Apparently that is Hawaiian for ‘The Path that Goes by the Coast”. It eventually will be 17-miles long but right now all they have finished is 7 miles of it and those two parts are not connected, so we just biked the one 4-mile section from Kapa’a to Ahihi Point. It was 8-miles roundtrip.

Our Air BnB also came with bikes that we could use for free (granted they were old and rusty, but still free bikes!) so on Christmas Morning we decided the perfect start to the day would be biking this amazing trail by the ocean. Plus it was absolutely gorgeous and sunny out that morning.

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Eric of course had to choose a pink bike to match mine so off we went on our two pink cruiser bikes. 😉 I think we left the house around 8 or 8:30am.

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We stopped at multiple times along the trail just to look out at the water and take photos. It was so beautiful!

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It was just such a nice start to the day and it was so fun because every single person you met on the trail (which was a lot!) you’d say ‘Merry Christmas!’

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Another experience that photos don’t even begin to do justice to. It was so so beautiful and sunny and I just felt so grateful to be in this beautiful place with my wonderful husband on Christmas Day 🙂

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There are also signs all along the trail sharing information about local cultural and archaeological sites.

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My hair was just a tiny bit windblown in this photo – what do you think, good look?!? 😉

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Eric on his little pink bike 😉

It was an amazing way to start our Christmas Day off. If you are in Kauai I definitely recommend checking on this trail. We also went for a run and several walks along it, but this was the only time we biked the entire trail. It took us about 1.5 hours.

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