Pregnancy blues.....

July 7, 2016

 

 

Exercise to me is so much more than maintaining a slim figure or being able to cross that marathon finish line. For me, exercise is what gives me my zest for life and keeps me bouncing day in, day out. It's such a huge part of my life that akin to water and sleep, I don't know how I would function without it. 

 

Or at least, I used to not know... 

 

Two weeks ago this is precisely what I was advised by my obstetrician. For a variety of health reasons (at 28 weeks pregnant) I was placed on the closest thing to bed rest - I was to immediately cease exercising, to the extent of ceasing vigorous walking - and I could forget jogging, jumping, swimming or lifting. Even basic, low impact movements such as squats, pilates and yoga were ill advised. 

 

Of course, I have followed the recommendations and with assistance of prescribed medicine I am pleased to say that at 30 weeks everything is going ok. Baby is staying safe within my womb and not looking to arrive any time soon, which was the biggest concern.

 

Unfortunately though I cannot say the same for myself! This HUGE decrease in physical exercise and exposure to the great outdoors is taking it's toll. I couldn't care less about the fact that my stomach is growing in other ways other than straight out - its not an issue, the problem is much deeper, below the surface - in my mind. I guess many would describe my symptoms as signs of depression, something that I have been lucky enough to avoid for most of my life. 

 

The lack of exercise and time spent outdoors is bringing me down from the hills in which I normally sit to a place deep in a gully where water no longer flows and no one visits. A place I do not at all wish to visit for long. Lucky for me what keeps me going is the fact that I know that it is only for a short period of time that I will be feeling this way. The birth of my second child will be that moment where I am lifted up from the gully to sit back on my hill. It will also be the time that I again can get moving and take long walks in the sun. 

 

For me I know this feeling will not last forever - it will be short lived for the benefit of my unborn child and I am of course ok with this. What it has reminded me of (and is a clear example of) is that I share a fundamental truth with my clients, friends and family - exercise plays a major role in mental health. We need to understand that its no myth that exercise has an incredible ability to make us feel good about ourselves. We should all rejoice in this wonderful experience that we have been blessed with - life and the ability to create life...

 

And exercise for me is the key...

 

So next time you're feeling a little blue ask yourself, "when was the last time I took a walk in the sunshine?" Don't deprive yourself of these simple pleasures in life as you just don't know when then may be taken from you. 

 

  

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