I’ve never been great at yoga. I’m far from being flexible by anyone’s standards and to add insult to injury I’ve always preferred doing exercises that tend to tighten you up (running, boxing, boot camps). Therefore, yoga is very beneficial for me! I’m not a dedicated yogi, however, and it’s one of those classes I’ll go to when I just feel like mixing things up a little…not something I really go to on a regular basis. However, I try to do a little yoga after every run (which has helped so much!) it’s just hard for me to get motivated to go to an hour and a half long yoga class every week. That’s really no excuse, but since a lot of my reason for exercising is because I enjoy doing it, I tend to gravitate towards the ones I enjoy doing the most. So sue me! 🙂
In any case, I’m now 22 weeks – almost 23 – pregnant and have gained at least 12 pounds (it’s probably way more than that but I refuse to weigh myself except whe I go to my dr appointments). My feet actually began hurting yesterday (!!) from walking around so much, which made me realize that the struggle is real in pregnancy. My feet do not ever hurt and I run around all day all the time!
I’ve continued running, 4 miles max lately because it’s been so hot. I’m also significantly slower than my pre-pregnancy self but I’m totally ok with that. I love just listening to my body and going however fast or slow feels good. Then today, after running a bit too soon after eating, I barely made 2 miles! I’m hoping that the reason is because I was so full.
Which brings me to another little gift of pregnancy – I cannot eat big, or even medium sized meals anymore! I end of feeling SO full that I basically have to lie down to have enough room to breathe. If I stick to small meals that doesn’t happen. Thank you pregnancy Gods.
After my run, I found this great little 10 minute yoga video: http://youtu.be/MX0L-iYnt5c I really liked it because it went through a flow, didn’t stop with tons of instruction, and was only 10 minutes! Again, I don’t like to do super long yoga classes but 10 minutes?? Yeah I can throw that in to my routine.
In just 10 minutes, I felt like myself again. It really made a difference this morning. Like I said, I do yoga (10-20 minute Youtube videos) after I run, but I normally am not feeling like such a big pile of poo.