Thursday, June 10, 2010

Losing the Last 10!

Well, I'm almost there. I'm really not one to focus on weight. As I've said before, I don't even own a scale! But I did track my weight gain while I was pregnant and of course I wanted to get back to my pre-baby weight, really just so I knew I could and so I could be back in my clothes. Thats all I really cared about. Even though my weight wasn't so low a few months back, I did feel really good. The only thing that bothered me was that I couldn't get into my pre-baby jeans!!  "Really, was my butt this small?" That was my motivation to lose the rest. 
In the last month or so I've been able to get off another 4 lbs or so. How? Just moving more! I'm lucky that I do what I do, because I am able to get out there and instruct more classes or take classes whenever I choose. I know its not as easy for everyone else. I think its also so much easier to lose in the summer than it is in the winter. Longer days, more fresh fruits and veggies, more energy, more activities....all of it plays a factor, but the biggest help this year for me is Aqua Fit Classes!  What an awesome workout!
If you are pregnant, or you just had a baby, there is nothing better!  Here are some pool exercises for you to do at home to make your own aqua class:

  • Jog in Place (knees up high then kick feet to butt) 2 min
  • Jumping Jacks (hold noodle overhead- up and down) 1 min
  • Washing machine (noodle in front, twist at waist, jump feet and knees together opposite upper body) 1 min
Shallow Water Work
  • Water Jogging (jog back and forth, pumping arms at your side) several laps
  • Water Skipping (take it up a notch to a skip back and forth) several laps
  • Front Kicks (like a kickboxing kick) 15 each side
  • Side Kicks (again kickboxing side kicks) 15 kicks each side
Deep Water Work
  • Lap swimming (use different strokes) 5-6 laps
  • Treading Water 1-2 minutes, 2 times
  • Wall Kicks (rest back of head or neck on wall) flutter kicks, scissor kicks, etc. 2-3 min
  • Use noodle in shallow water to stretch legs and upper body well before getting out of the pool.
This workout done a few days a week is sure to keep you in shape throughout pregnancy!  You will burn more calories in the water, its safer for your joints and you are weightless!  Try it this summer!