I’ve learned (partially the easy way and partially the hard way) that I’m developing a new kind of strength. When I think of strength, I generally think of this kind:
And if we’re talking about that kind, I’m definitely lacking strength right now. I had been feeling a little soreness/tenderness/strain/something for the past few days in my inner-thigh area, but I have no idea how I did it.
On Tuesday, I made it worse by moving some furniture. Bad Idea! Listen, I don’t care if you’re bored or nesting or whatever, if you’re pregnant, resist the urge to move heavy furniture! One loveseat, one wine fridge, one pub table, two pub chairs, one end table, and two leather recliners later…
Needless to say, I had to make a change in workout plans yesterday morning. Leg day was swapped for my Tracy Anderson Pregnancy DVD (month 6).
The “new kind of strength” I’m talking about is the kind I’ve found during this pregnancy, not the kind I’ve lost. It’s the kind of strength that comes from not overdoing it. (aside from furniture moving… lesson learned)
I used to take spin class to shoot up my heart rate and burn major calories. When I go now, I just get a little sweat going and jam to the music. It’s hard to not push myself on all the intervals, to not go all-out on sprints, and to keep my heart rate in check, but this is the new strength I’m building.
I’ve taken all my workouts down a notch (or five notches), but spin is mentally the hardest for me. Due to ligament pain, I’ve recently started to take some of the steeper inclines out of my treadmill walks, which is mentally hard too.
I’m building the strength to not beat myself up about it.
I know this post seemed really wordy and preg-focused, but it’s good for everyone. Work out hard while you can if you can, but not every day is a muscular strength day. Some days require mental strength – the strength to back off during an injury, turn it down during pregnancy, or just to take an active rest day here and there.
- Ever had a hard time backing off for an injury/illness/pregnancy/etc?