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Monday, September 19, 2011

Prenatal Workouts

Before I got pregnant, I worked out regularly, 5 days a week. I knew I wanted to continue the habit during pregnancy. Although I admit, during my first trimester, I had no energy to get out of bed, and the last trimester I was moving real slow, I managed to keep a decent workout routine during most of the pregnancy.

Here are some of the workouts that I used:

  • Yourself Fitness - This is not technically a workout DVD or even a dedicated prenatal workout. It is a video game workout. I used this consistently before pregnancy and during pregnancy until I got so big that I had to use workouts specifically designed for pregnancy. I also had to change some of the the Yourself Fitness exercises so they were safe for pregnancy. But this was the workout system I used primarily during pregnancy. It's a no brainer, the workout is different everyday and focuses on a different muscle group. This workout has since become My Fitness Coach for the Wii, which I now use.

  • The Perfect Pregnancy Workout vol. 1 - I loved this workout DVD for pregnancy. It helped keep my muscles strong so that I could continue to function while I was pregnant.

  • Pilates During Pregnancy, Vol. 1 - This workout was gentle yet very effective. I could definitely feel my leg and ab muscles working. I really liked this for a change of pace as well as towards the very end when my tummy got really big.

  • Prenatal Bellydance - If you haven't tried bellydance, it is so much fun and makes you feel beautiful when you do it, even when you are pregnant. These dances were fairly easy to follow and were good workouts.

  • Prenatal Yoga - This DVD is really popular. Probably every pregnant woman ends up buying this. Which is great. Yoga is wonderful for pregnancy and any other time of your life.

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Postnatal Workouts

And I thought working out during pregnancy was hard. Try doing it with the fatigue of caring for a newborn. Needless to say, my workout routine ceased for a few months until I could at least figure out the difference between night and day. I slept whenever I could so it didn't really matter whether the sun was up or not. When I finally rejoined the land of the living, I went back to using My Fitness Coach as well as a few postnatal workout DVDs that included baby in the exercises.

Postnatal Workouts I have used

  • My Fitness Coach - A video game workout rather than a DVD, this workout has proven to be the best that I've ever used prepregnancy, prenatal, as well as postnatal. I never have to think about what my body needs (cardio, abs, arms, etc.). It just does it for me. And I never get bored with the workouts, as they are never the same. You can pick the duration of your workout, depending on how much time and energy you have, and it calculates a well balanced exercise for you. Every now and then I do use a different workout DVD or video game just for fun.

  • Mambo Moms: Fitness Fun For for Baby & Mom - this was a fun dance workout. Gets baby bouncing to the beat on a baby carrier.

  • Mom and Baby Fitness DVD - easy and fun for mom and baby. My baby sometimes got bored with it, but it was fun to do this DVD every now and then.

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Dance Fitness

Dance Fitness is a very creative and fun way to workout. There are so many different kinds of dance, and I always love learning new moves. My favorites are hip hop and bellydance. Dance workouts are great for cardio, weight loss, and leg workouts. But I usually have to make sure I include strenth training as well, so that I can stay toned all over.

Dance Workouts I have used

  • 10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Dance Mix - I love these 10 Minute Solution workouts because sometimes that's all the time I have to squeeze in a workout. Especially when my baby was younger, around 10 months or so. There are several 10 mintute workouts to choose from, so you won't get too bored with the same workout over and over. The moves are fun with a mix of different dance styles.

  • Urban Heat Hip Hop Workout - I love this Hip Hop dance workout. I'm not normally a hip hip dancer, but it is so fun to learn these moves. They can be used just about anywhere!

  • Zumba Fitness for the Kinect Xbox 360 - This is a video game workout. It's so much fun and addicting. A really great dance workout. Had me panting and sweating. I especially liked the bellydance cooldown routines. They also have this for the Wii and Playstation 3 in case you don't have an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

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Whole Body Workouts

I'm always on the lookout for good total body workouts. It's hard to be diligent about doing cardio as well as toning all your muscle groups. So I like the combo workouts. They are usually nobrainers and make it easy to get your whole body worked out within an hour, or broken into 2 sessions.

Whole Body Workouts I have used

  • My Fitness Coach - I still vote My Fitness Coach number one for whole body workouts. You can easily program each day for the muscle group you want to work on. I like to do cardio one day, with an emphasis on one muscle group, like core. The next day devoted to a different muscle group (whichever I feel needs the most work like upper body or lower body).

  • Karen Voight - Streamline Fitness (A.M./P.M. Workout) - This video is a fun diversion from My Fitness Coach. Just something different every now and then, but still getting a great whole body workout. It is split into 2 workouts. One cardio and light weights. And the other one yoga and pilates type of exercises.

  • Karen Voight - Total Body Pilates - I love all the Karen Voight workout videos that I have tried. I started using her workout DVDs even before My Fitness Coach, and for the first time started really loving how my body was looking. My arms were getting some nice definition and my butt started rounding out, rather than being flat and flabby.

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