Great pregnancy exercise: Low-impact aerobics

The benefits of low-impact aerobics during pregnancy

Aerobic workouts help you strengthen your heart and lungs and maintain muscle tone. As long as you don’t push yourself more than you can, it’s safe. which means to avoid jumping, high kicks, leaps, or fast running. And make sure to keep one foot on the ground all the time, to minimize stress on your joints.

Although relying on online exercise videos you can follow at home when you don’t have enough time to go to a gym is good,  joining an aerobics class designed especially for expectant moms is such an enjoyable experience. You’ll meet other pregnant women besides a professional instructor who understands how to keep you and your baby safe.

Always let your instructor know that you’re pregnant. She can modify and customize some exercises to suit you.

First-trimester tips

Let your doctor know before you start an exercise routine. Always wear layers of breathable clothing, however you can peel off whenever you feel the class is going more active. If you’re huffing and can’t carry on a conversation, that’s a sign you’re exceeding the allowed limits. Stop exercising as soon as you start to feel exhausting.

Second-trimester tips

Dehydration and lack of water can cause muscle cramp, so try to keep a bottle of water with you everywhere at the gym.

Although there’s no exact recommendation about how much water a pregnant woman should drink while working out.  Try to drink one glass before you start your exercise, one glass every 20 minutes, and a glass after you finish training. And if you needed more of course drink whenever you feel thirsty.

Your expanded belly may be a reason why you can’t be balanced. Take good care when you move across the floor. And try to attend a prenatal water aerobics class if you can find one. It offers you the same good benefits  regular aerobics classes offer, without stressing on your joints or the risk of injury or fall.

Third-trimester tips

By now your pregnant belly is probably hampering some of your movements. If it feels too tricky or uncomfortable to bend or reach, just march in place to keep up your heart rate while you take things a little easier.

It’s also best to avoid bending over, spinning, or turning in a way that may make you dizzy and cause you to lose your balance.

 

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