If you’re currently pregnant or planning to start a family, congratulations! Your life is about to change in many wonderful and joyful ways. However, if your changing body has you concerned, fear not. Your doctor will undoubtedly offer advice that’s specifically tailored for you, but there’s no question that being healthy and strong during your pregnancy has its benefits.
- A strong core helps support the changing balance in your body and the additional pressure on your back. Swimming can strengthen abdominal muscles while taking pressure off your joints, hips, and back. The welcome relief of feeling weightless is a bonus.
- Walking improves circulation that’s vital to your growing baby’s development.
- As you hormones continue to change, do does the elasticity in your joints. The stronger the connecting muscles , the less likelihood of injury or pain as your body continues to loosen up so strength training is key.
- Exercise during pregnancy, like in all stages of life, will boost your energy and increase your cardiovascular system so you don’t tire as easily. With muscles that are strong and toned, you need less effort to engage in daily activities, whether that means grocery shopping, sitting through meetings at the office, or even rolling out of bed.
- The better shape you’re in, the stronger you’ll be during labor and delivery, which will require stamina, determination, and focus.
- Whether you’re pregnant or not, exercise increases the release of endorphins in your body, reducing stress and aiding in sleeping.
- By exercising during pregnancy, you’ll gain weight at a healthy weight.
- Some studies suggest that exercising during pregnancy can increase your child’s brain development.
- Staying hydrated helps skin elasticity as your body stretches and changes each and every day.
- The extra stress on your body can be eased by taking some time to restore your working muscles and tried feet. Renew yourself with a pregnancy massage, facial, or pedicure at the Spa. Remember that staying healthy includes finding time to unwind.
Originally from PRO Pulse July-August 2014