Don’t judge a workout by its title. “Prenatal” does not mean easy folks. This walking treadmill workout is a full-blast, 30-minute cardio circuit that will kick anyone’s booty – pregnant or not! I love making this prenatal treadmill workout a part of my weekly routine to get in some intense increased heart rate action. You’ll never look at walking the same…
Since running is officially out for me at this stage in the game due to my massive belly and weak pelvic floor, I’ve been craving a cardio-based workout that can still challenge me. Ummm yeah this is it. Not only can I reach my target heart rate just as quickly as I do running, I am also working my booty by varying the incline of the treadmill.
This isn’t a mall walking and chatting type of workout. It’s not a one-size-fits-all stroll either. This is a ‘Lululemon is having a flash sale’ or ‘your kid is out of diapers and sitting on the brand new couch’ or ‘someone is reaching for the last cupcake’ kind of get-your-butt-moving workout.
So yeah, I look like the crazy lady swinging her arms profusely as I try to battle my way through this sucker. But my flailing arms/wings and lamaze-like breathing is better than pee’ing my pants or falling on my face, right?!
This routine starts nice and easy with a 3 minute warm up, then turns up the intensity with varying inclines and speeds. If you need to modify to make it less challenging, adjust the speed to a slower pace. Walking at a 4.5 mph pace with a decent incline is not a stroll in the park, so be mindful of your abilities and work up to your goal speed if needed.
Here is the breakdown for the prenatal treadmill workout again. Get that booty walkin’!