Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to put your health and fitness goals on hold. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Regular healthy exercise is good for both you and your baby. Of course, it’s important to consider the health of both you and your little one, so always consult your doctor before entering a new exercise routine.
Here are some classes and equipment you can use during any stage of your pregnancy to keep your health on target.
- The Treadmill: There’s a reason the treadmill is one of the most popular pieces of equipment at the gym. From a brisk walk, to hill intervals, to light jogging, the treadmill offers you the ability to set your own pace. Sometimes a 20 minute walk is all your body will want to do. Add a slight incline to target your glutes and get your heart-rate going.
- Free Weights & Kettlebells: You’re going to be toting around a baby for the next couple years, so there’s no better time than your pregnancy to build up your arm, shoulder, and back muscles. Here are some arm exercises for beginners and the best kettlebell exercises so you can build lean muscle and carry your baby with ease.
- Zumba: We love seeing expecting mothers in our Zumba classes. Let the music wash over you, and dance the day away with a group dance class. The best news is? You can take the class at your own pace. Shake it when it feels right, and just groove when you need to. It’s always a good idea to
- The Elliptical: The elliptical is one of the best machines to use during your pregnancy. Repeated impact is minimal, and the circular motion is easy on your ankles, knees, and hips. Increase resistance to build muscle, or lighten the resistance and get your heartrate up. To target an entirely different set of muscles try five minutes going forward, and five minutes going backward. Alternate until you’ve met your cardio goals for the day.
- Stationary Bike: Catch up on your reading or your favorite television show while you work out on the stationary bike. Just like the elliptical, you can increase or decrease your resistance to get the most from your workout. This is a great machine when you’re in your third trimester as impact is minimal.
- A Personal Trainer: Work with a personal trainer to cater your workout routine to your changing body. Whether you want to increase strength and flexibility, or keep that baby weight at bay, a personal trainer will create a fitness regimen that helps you meet your goals.
Your diet is also an important factor to meeting your fitness goals during your pregnancy. Here are the best healthy snacks for you!