Welcome to a new week! Let’s work together to make choices that make us happier and healthier this week.
I am starting out my week with a fantastic Standing Lower Body Workout paired with my Quick Arm and Back Workout routine.
The Lower Body Workout is great for me right now (at 25-weeks pregnant) because I don’t have to modify it at all. It’s pregnancy safe, and the only equipment needed is a chair.
The arm and back workout requires a chair and dumbbells.
Here is the video. For the full photo tutorial and workout breakdown check out the link at the bottom of this post.
Standing Lower Body Workout:
Quick Arm/Back Workout:
These are some great, quick workouts to keep in your exercise rotation. If you want a longer workout routine, you can increase the number of rounds you complete.
I am happy to report that I am finally feeling like myself again! This has been a challenging pregnancy, when I compare it to my first. I’ve been sick a lot, barely sleeping, low energy, moody as heck, and overall not feeling like myself.
Over the past week, I made a change, and made sure to get in 5 days of working out, even though I was tired and unmotivated. An interesting thing happened, and I found my mood and energy levels increasing exponentially. Everything felt better and easier.
Exercise is important for my physical, mental and emotional health. Even though I already knew all of that to be true, I was skipping a lot of workouts and letting myself veg out. While that is totally okay sometimes, it’s not a good habit to get into all the time. It was impacting my mood and energy in a very negative way.
Unfortunately my moodiness, also meant that I wasn’t blogging as much. It felt hard to bring you guys positive and uplifting content when it felt like I didn’t have anything worthwhile to say. Sharing workouts here with you is something that I do because I love it, I’m passionate about it, and I feel like I’m making a difference.
It’s important to me to continue doing that, but to also be authentic when I go through a challenging time, when it’s hard for me to do what I love.
For me, the answer was to focus on getting in the workouts and getting myself together physically and mentally.
Last week I did: Yoga, HIIT (modified to a moderate/speaking level of intensity to be pregnancy safe), LIIT (low impact interval training), Walking and Running.
My goal is to get in 5-6 workout days again this week. Please set your workout intention with me. It helps you to stay on track. I highly recommend marking each workout on your calendar. It helps you stay accountable to yourself.
I am filming new workouts this week, plus I partnered with HelloFresh to give you guys a new discount if it’s your first time trying those meals. So check back here, on Instagram or Facebook, and I will update you throughout the week.
I hope you enjoy these workouts! See you soon!
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