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What’s Your Exercise Motivation?

You guys have been asking lots of questions about what king of exercise I’ve been doing during my pregnancy. How often, how much, what type AND what keeps me motivated seem to be what curious minds want to know.

I work out any where between four and six days a week and try to keep it to low impact activities that will still get my heart pumpin’. For the most part I’ve been sticking to hikes, stairs, walks, and the occasional yoga or strength training session and I definitely prefer to be out doors.

While I’d like to pretend to be the thoughtful, loving mommy-to-be that just wants to stay healthy for her baby, I’d be lying to say that that’s my motivation. Nor is my motivation trying to stay “lean” during my pregnancy. My motivation to exercise comes down to one thing and one thing only… and that my friends, is my MENTAL SANITY.

You see I’m a thinker and quite often, I’m an over thinker. I’m a curious George. An analyzer. I like to understand the how, when and why of things. I like to break things down into their most basic parts in order to understand the whole. What many find annoying, I find intriguing. I do this with just about everything in life and more times than not, I am doing this with my own life.

How does this all relate to exercise?

I’m kind of like a dog. If I have too much excess energy in me, I have a hard time focusing. When I have a hard time focusing my mind tends to get sucked into a thinking wind tunnel (this is basically when I just think myself into tizzy). I get caught up in the past or in creating scenarios about the future. This is the place where my fears run ramped and try to take the reigns of my brain. This is me in “over-thinking” mode and I’m telling you guys, I could think myself crazy on the right day.

Exercise helps keep me sane. It keeps me balanced. It helps to drain any excess energy, which in turn keeps me more present and able to focus on what I need to do in the now.

Simply put, exercise keeps me in check.

This is why I choose not to kick my feet up and skip the workouts during my pregnancy. Certainly I’ve had to adapt my workouts, but giving them up is simply not an option for me.

Am I alone in this boat? Do any of you use exercise as a way to burn off a little extra energy in order to stay balanced (aka = sane)? Why do you exercise? What is your exercise motivation?

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4 Responses to “What’s Your Exercise Motivation?”

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    Angela Sherman — April 25, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

    I agree that exercise keeps you balanced. I need it to keep my energy level up actually. I love to run so I will do 3 days of running a week at 5 miles each time. Then one day a week I go for a hike with my man and my dog. It’s so nice to get fresh air and keep in shape. It is very addicting! Riding bikes to the farmers market is always fun too and better for the environment than driving.

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    Donna — May 4, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    Yes–I exercise to stay sane. I also tend to “overthink” and “over analyze.” The release of that energy and creation of endorphins keeps me better balanced. I work out first thing in the morning while the rest of the family is asleep–it’s the only “me” time that I get and I’ve found it’s essential to my wellbeing! (doesn’t hurt to burn off those calories either!!)

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    Dani — May 4, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

    Angela – I love the outdoor workouts too!! Especially hiking and stairs, it’s such a great way to get some exercise, fresh air, and clear my head;).

    Donna – I’m an early morning workout girl too. I love to get out there first thing in the morning… it’s my favorite way to start the day! I’m sure once i have my baby, I’ll appreciate the “me” time even more!!

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    Karen — July 24, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    I prefer hiking and walking also. I like to work out because it helps me go to sleep better and also is good just to spend some time by myself. I like to explore (on trails and parks or walking in neighborhoods) also. I love on trails to run down the hills/inclines…although not yet in a place to run up them yet (lol).

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