Landie Greyling, star South African trail runner, and mommy-to-be, shares her morning ‘must-do’ pregnancy stretches with us. She gives her fitness insights on how to kick-start your day, and your body, the right way.
But, first, she says, “always start with a healthy breakfast.”
Eating For Two
“I like to start my morning with this tasty, creamy dish that satisfies pregnancy chocolate cravings! Raw cacao powder, chia seeds, and hemp seeds are all high in antioxidants, while goji berries are great for expecting moms because of their beta-carotene and Vitamin A content. Women are advised to increase Vitamin A intake by up to 40% when they’re pregnant.”
Banana & Chocolate Deliciousness
- 1 Frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp Choc boost super shake (https://www.rawlicious.co.za/subcategory/super_shakes)
- 1 Tbsp Buttanutt (https://www.buttanutt.co.za)
- ½ cup Hemp seeds
- ¼ cup Goji berries
- 1 ½ cups of water/milk/almond milk
- 1 packet of Nutriseed mix of your choice
- Optional: Coconut nectar or honey to sweeten
- Blend all ingredients together in high-speed blender
Stretching While Expecting
After a yummy breakfast, and before hitting the mountains for a run, Landie awakens her body with some powerful, pregnancy stretches.
Stretch 1 | The Warm Up
This is a very good stretch to open up the hips and stretch the inner thigh muscles, which can become very tight during pregnancy.
Stretch 2 | Hello World
This stretch is great for releasing those tight upper back muscles. It’s also good for overall relaxation.
Stretch 3 | Child’s Pose
This is certainly more challenging with a pregnant tummy, but it’s great for opening the hips and pelvis. To adjust, just open your legs wider (around your belly) and remember that it’s not necessary to go as low as you would normally.
Stretch 4 | Touch The Sky
I love this pose! It really stretches the back and releases plenty of tension. It’s certainly more tricky to keep your balance, so take it very slow and keep trying till you get it right. I guess this is my way of just really enjoying a good challenge!
Stretch 5 | Reach For The Stars
This is a runner’s lunge. Put your left foot in front of your right, opening your hips. Bend down and make sure that your knee doesn’t go over your toe. Then lift the opposite arm to the sky, keeping the other arm on the ground. This is good for opening the hips, stretching the inner thighs, arms and shoulders.