Pregnancy is something which makes you really appreciate just how hard your body works and just how tough you really are. I have always tried to maintain a level of fitness (although, not always successfully!). One thing I do know for certain is that once this baby has arrived, I am very keen kick my fitness levels back into touch.
Fitness way back when
Before I had Grace, I was a regular visitor to the gym. I joined up, had an initiation and really enjoyed using all the equipment, especially the cross-trainer which still remains my favourite. I also attended aqua aerobics. Not only did I do a sponsored walk in Guildford, unaware I was around 7 weeks pregnant at the time, I also went across to the Isle of Wight for a trials weekend and walked most of the island! I continued to attend the gym but stopped once I knew I was expecting Grace. This didn’t mean I eradicated exercise completely – I just changed tact.
Exercise during my first pregnancy
When I was expecting Grace, I didn’t want to stop exercising but I knew I needed to do something to take my pregnancy into account. This was when I started aquanatal classes – these complimented the aqua aerobics which I had been doing. I also found a wonderful, very local, pregnancy yoga class and I still firmly believe that this is what helped give me the strength to get through my labour the first time around.
Fitness thanks to a toddler!
Once I had Grace, I tried to keep up my exercise by going for regular walks with her. I was a single parent when she was a toddler so I am sure you can imagine the amount of running around I used to do after her. Whether it was in the park or at home, there was no let up. Yes, I was exhausted but I was also grateful.
When I met Ross, he was a regular at his local gym. Moving in with him meant I also joined up and we would regularly exercise. We took it in turns if Grace was around and then went together when she was away. We also made use of the wonderful Spa. Once again, it was the cross-trainer that kept me going. I will never forget the evening I spent at the gym watching Mo Farrah run the 10,000 metres in the 2012 Olympics as I exercised. I used him as an inspiration.
Exercise in the run-up to conceiving
Since moving to Somerset, my exercise regime has been sporadic to say the least! We have a treadmill and exercise equipment in our garage – which I could have been much better with. I have competed in a handful of Park Runs and wish I had done more. The last piece of real exercise I did was on the good old cross trainer at the hotel we stayed at in Alicante. They had a wonderful gym with air conditioning and I spent over an hour in there.
New Nike trainers from Millet Sports to inspire
I have made a silent pact to myself that once I have had a settling in period with the baby, I intend to get back to full fitness. Once again, I will be running around after a toddler at some stage. I also need to ensure that my fitness levels are as good as they can be to prolong my life. Aware of my older mum status, I want to make sure that I get to see both my children enjoy their lives and be there to support them.
In order to keep me focused, Millet Sports recently offered me a new pair of Nike Air trainers. I chose the Nike Air Max 2017 Women’s Running Shoes. The first thing that struck me was the colour. Purple running into pink with an orange sole, they really stand out. They feature plush cushioning and superior flexibility together with a full-length max air unit. Like my current trainers (which are a bit old and beaten now) they have a flymesh upper. This provides great ventilation as well as support. Insider, the moulded foam supports the midfoot and heel.
I have to say that I am really geared up for getting my body back into shape once our baby has arrived. Not only for me, but for my family too.
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