I’ve always loved keeping a schedule and as I get closer to the end of opera season with three months of free time looming pre-Baby, I’ve started creating a few routines for myself so that I don’t spend all of my time going nuts over baby preparation (or out shopping!). The three routines I plan to keep envolve practicing, studying Hebrew and working out. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I’ve discovered wonderful classes I’ve now been to four times each: the Tuesday water running class and the Wednesday prenatal yoga. I like these classes just as much for the social aspects as for the exercise and wellness benefits.
Tuesday’s water class this week wasn’t as good as usual. We had a substitute teacher who was way more into making us work than letting us socialize (which ironically, I found irritating!). I also felt that her style of keeping us in place with exercises more than traveling back and forth across the pool was less effective and class ended 15 minutes early for stretching in the deep water instead of going the full hour then moving us into the warm pool to stretch. The one thing I did find very useful was that we often changed directions in the middle of movements, which required core muscle engagement, both to turn and to maintain a new direction for a brief moment. I left the class and moved to the lap lane as the stretching began so that I could get more of a full body workout. 600 yds later I was satisfied so I stretched and moved on to the shower.
Wednesday mornings have become my favorite morning of the week. I meet a friend to visit the farmers market, coming out with yummy produce and fresh eggs, go to our favorite prenatal yoga class with Jane at Yoga Tree then walk next door to gorge ourselves on the daily pizza at Arizmendi. Our take-home bread bags are expanding by the week but everything Arizmendi makes is so irresistibly delicious that we can’t help ourselves!
I realized, after sitting through Wednesday night’s show with a sore back, that I may be over-stretching in the yoga class. I’m guessing this because the soreness spread evenly across my back and didn’t go away with my usual stretching during intermissions. The yoga room is so warm and by the end of the hour and a half class I’m moving further into poses than I ever do in my own shorter practices at home. Note to self: be extra careful next week to see if my theory is correct!
Beside taking care of myself through these classes, I am really enjoying meeting other moms-to-be and forming new friendships that will hopefully hold strong once our babies are born!