Do you find yourself wondering what are the best exercise routines now that you are pregnant? Most medical professionals(*we are not one of them*) will tell you that it is generally ok to continue to exercise as you were prior to pregnancy. However, if you’re not an avid exerciser but want to get started now that you’re pregnant, here are some of our favorites:
*And be sure to talk with your trusted medical professional as well.
- Walking: Walking is a great way to get exercise and can be done pretty much anywhere. In addition, walking outside gives you the added benefit of fresh air and hopefully sunshine, two things that are great for your physical and mental health. Good, stable walking shoes are a must!
- Prenatal yoga: Check out a local yoga studio near you and I bet they offer prenatal yoga. Yoga has so many great benefits for our body and mind. The stretching and strengthening of your muscles in yoga may very well come in handy during labor. As well as yoga’s focus on listening to your body and being present. If you have comfortable, durable maternity workout clothes it will make your practice more relaxing.
- Hiking: Personally, I love to hike; the smell of the trees, the quiet, the views, all of it! Hiking can be a great way to get your heart rate up and if you already have littles ones, it can be a great energy burn for them too. This is definitely an activity where good, stable shoes are important.
- Snowshoeing: If you are pregnant during the winter months, this is a great activity to engage in. Like walking or hiking, snowshoeing can be an aerobic exercise that provides many great benefits. Being outside in the winter months may help ward off seasonal depression, snowshoeing will get your large muscles and heart working and you can tailor your speed and effort to how your body is feeling that day. Stay warm and dry in quality maternity workout clothes like our top and bottom!
If you’re someone who prefers a group workout, or a program to follow, we have a couple favorites we can recommend. Birthfit offers online programs as well as a network of Regional Directors who may offer in person classes. Liz Winters Wellness offers an online program that includes nutrition information and an online support community as well. Liz is a Mama herself and her programs and offerings are amazing!
Stay Active. Feel Beautiful!