CHALLENGE #12: 1/21 - 22 Days of Fitness & Health — The Bump
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CHALLENGE #12: 1/21 - 22 Days of Fitness & Health

BumpJackieBumpJackie member
edited February 2014 in Health & Exercise
Feeling-Zen Workout (Moms)

Yoga is an excellent way to energize, relieve stress, and regain the flexibility and strength you had prebaby. Try this routine from prenatal and postpartum yoga instructor Jennifer Wolfe.

Plank

Start in a hands-and-knees position with your hands directly under your shoulders, and hands, knees and feet hip-width apart. Make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position (not tilted too far forward or arched back) and your chest and hips are at the same height. Then gradually lift up your knees until your torso is parallel to the floor. While you hold this position for as long as you can, pull your navel into your spine to engage the abdominal muscles. If you have a hard time holding this position on your toes, drop to your knees until you get stronger.

Downward Dog

From plank, shift back on your heels as you lift your hips up and press your chest toward your thighs, making an upside-down "V" with your body. Gently press your heels toward the ground and take five long, deep breaths. 

Bring It Home

Continue to move in smooth alternating motions from plank pose to downward dog, back to plank and so on, until you’re ready to finish. At that point, hold plank for a couple of breaths, then gently drop your knees, sit back on your heels and stretch your upper body forward along the floor into a child's pose, and rest for a few moments.

 

Feeling-Zen Workout. (Moms-to-be)

 

Ankle-to-knee pose

Sit with your left leg straight and right ankle crossed above your left knee (but not on your kneecap). Stretch and breathe. For a deeper stretch, bend your left knee and put your hands behind you. This pose helps with hip pain and preps you for delivery.

Pigeon-toed downward dog

To relieve leg cramps and restless legs, get on all fours, with your hands underneath your shoulders and your knees beneath your hips. Walk your hands forward two to four inches. Press back and up into an upside-down V shape. Reach your armpits toward your ankles. Drop your neck so your head can move freely. Hold for five breaths.

Side stretch

Sit with your right knee bent and left leg extended. Reach your right arm up and over to feel a side stretch. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths and then repeat on the other side. This helps with back and hip pain.

Straddle forward bend

Relieve aches and ready your hips for birth. Sit and straddle your legs far enough apart that it’s challenging -- but don’t overdo it. Flex your feet hard, stretching your calves. Walk your hands forward until you feel a deep stretch. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths. If your muscles are tight, prop yourself up with a pillow or blankets.

What’s your favorite yoga move?

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Re: CHALLENGE #12: 1/21 - 22 Days of Fitness & Health

  • I love plank!  All forms of it.  Plank push-ups, side plank, stability ball plank, single leg plank.  Love them all (when I'm done with them) :)
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  • I really like the cat and cow poses. They feel great on my back
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  • Lynnja616Lynnja616 member
    edited January 2014

    Crow- it makes me feel strong, centered, and focused.  I'm not doing it while pregnant though  :(

    Favorite while pregnant?  Probably child's pose.  :)

     

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  • vlagrl29vlagrl29 member
    edited January 2014
    yoga is the only form of exercise I do right now and absolutely love it.  Especially since I have a 2.5 year old that tests my patience.  Mama needs the quiet time bad!

    I can finally do tripod and working on getting into the headstand from tripod.
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  • my doctors usually support me doing most exercizes throughout pregnancy,,, but this last visit, my doctor suggested only yoga... I'm a runner & have NO medical concerns but only yoga doesn't work for me,,,

    these daily check ins are fun & challenging to "DO" but I'm finding that reading about the poses, and doing which ones I can remember really make the sporadic motion more fulfilling than forcing myself to get to an hour long class which can be overwhelming,,, because they're so long! a few pigeons here ,,, a few donkey kicks there never hurt anyone though!!
    plank is actually feeling better but looks worse!!! 22 weeks on Friday :)
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  • The plank! Pure torture in some aspects and holding time but great all around!

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  • I also like the Plank. I'm def. saying otherwise in the midst of it but afterwards I feel great (and accomplished)!
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  • HBirdieHBirdie member
    edited January 2014
    I love yoga! And I used to be able to plank for a minute and 30 seconds... not anymoire! Hopefully I can get there again.
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