5 Great Workouts To Do When Pregnant
There are many benefits to exercising when you are pregnant. First and foremost, it can help make labor and delivery easier. Think about how much easier pushing will be if you improve your cardio and strength. Exercise can also improve mood, cut your risk of developing gestational diabetes and helps increase your energy. Even if you didn’t exercise before you can exercise when you are pregnant. The following exercises will help you get started.
Just check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.
Swimming is an ideal exercise for pregnant women. It’s low impact and it works your entire body out. Plus, you have the benefit of feeling lighter than air while you are in the water.
Walking is a great exercise for pregnant women. You can do it anywhere and it fits all fitness levels. A walk can be as gentle, or as challenging as you want it to be. Best of all, you only need a good pair of shoes to walk.
If you like going to the gym, consider riding a stationary bike. Cycling is a good workout for an expectant mom. Indoor cycling is safer than cycling outdoors because you don’t have to worry about having an accident.
Aerobic exercise is good for pregnant women because it helps improve their strength and endurance. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day most days if not all. Aerobics with a certified instructor is also an ideal way to get that exercise in.
Dancing is a fun way to stay fit while you are pregnant. You can crank up your favorite tunes and get grooving in your own living room, or you can take a dance class with a certified instructor. The only thing you need to avoid is dances that require leaps, jumps and twirls.
- Dan Canfield