I have been enjoying being able to exercise regularly throughout my second trimester. It has really made a difference in stabilising my mood, keeping my energy levels up, keeping me healthy and preventing excessive weight gain. Currently, my workout routine is this:
- Monday – Yoga
- Tuesday – Full Body Circuit
- Wednesday – 30 minute walk
- Thursday – Weights and HIIT
- Friday – Weights and HIIT
- Saturday – 30 minute walk
- Sunday – 30 minute walk
If you would like to download and print a copy of my workouts you can do so by clicking here: Second Trimester Exercise Program 2. I am doing this program for weeks 20 – 23 of my pregnancy. If you would like to see what I did for the weeks before this, check out this post.
I thought I would share with you all the exercise program I am about to start. I will be fifteen weeks pregnant on Monday when I begin, and I will complete it for four to five weeks. My fitness had dropped quite a lot over the course of the first trimester. Finding time to train when I wasn’t at work, exhausted or feeling nauseous or headachey was hard! Anyway, I am now loving being able to exercise more often each week. I really find healthy eating and regular exercise makes a massive difference to the ‘typical’ pregnancy symptoms. If I have a few days without any exercise, I really notice my mood, bloating and constipation get much worse!
Disclaimer: This program is designed by a qualified exercise scientist and personal trainer (me!) however, it is designed for me, taking into consideration my exercise history, health status, fitness level, preferences, age etc. It may not be suitable for you, so please check with an exercise professional before commencing.
Here’s one of my latest workouts, designed to grow your glute muscles. You’re really going to feel it in your legs, too! I first did this workout several weeks ago in our hotel gym in Nashville. I was so sore for three days afterwards that I was hobbling around like a Tennessee cowgirl who’s spent too much time on her horse! If you’re really trying to grow your glutes, you should be training them at least twice a week, so use this for one of those training days. Continue reading
I have recently returned from an amazing three week holiday in Switzerland and France. As always, during a holiday I enjoy a few more less-beneficial foods than normal (think chips, ice cream, chocolate and pastries!) so, of course this causes fat gain. I never feel regretful or upset because I know as soon as I get back to my normal healthy lifestyle, the ‘holiday fluff’ will disappear. I always come home super-motivated to prepare foods that will make me look and feel amazing, as well as get into a new training program. I thought I would share my nutrition and exercise program with you in case you would like to do it with me. I will be completing this over the next four weeks. This program is designed to improve your general health, increase your fitness, tone up, lose fat and get stronger. Being ‘toned’ means you have muscle with a low amount of body fat covering it. Obviously this program is not individualised to you, so if you have any injuries or conditions it may not be suitable. If you have any questions please comment below – I would love to help you!
This is a great little workout to do when it’s a beautiful day and you don’t want to be indoors! Or, as in these photos, maybe you’re on holidays so you don’t have access to your usual gym. Make sure you do a little warm up before you get into it. Enjoy!
In Whistler, Canada, my favourite snowboard location so far.
I love doing outdoor activities. Being outdoors in nature has always made me happy and feel most like myself. One activity I enjoy doing outdoors is snowboarding. There’s something magical and peaceful about being in the massive isolated mountains. Snowboarding is also possibly my husband’s biggest love (apart from me and his family, of course!) so I get to go at least once a year!
I do find snowboarding for seven hours straight (for usually 5-7 days in a row) pretty exhausting, especially in my legs and core from boarding, and my triceps and shoulders from pushing myself up into a standing position. So, in the weeks leading up to a snowboard trip, I like to design my workouts specifically for snowboarding so I am as fit and ready as I can be to hit the slopes. This is a circuit I have been doing twice a week to prepare myself for my next snowboard adventure – the Swiss and French Alps!