Keeping Motivated For Pregnancy Fitness
Keeping motivated to exercise during pregnancy isn’t always easy – especially when the weather’s not that great! Let’s face it, who wants to go out for a run when it’s either snowing, raining, damp, cold or dark?
But it’s so important to keep up your fitness in pregnancy. We’ve put together our top ten tips to help keep you motivated!
Listen to music – your pregnancy fitness session will be much more fun if you work out to some good heart pumping music – feel your baby dancing too!
Do your pregnancy work outs with a friend – someone who is pregnant or has been pregnant will understand how you feel!
Treat yourself to the right gear. There’s nothing less motivating than bottoms that fall down and tops that ride up – and it’s good to keep your bump supported. A good pair of shoes is essential too.
Aim for at least three hours exercise a week but work with your body and the time you have available. If it’s better to do shorter sessions more frequently (even 15 minutes twice a day) – or two longer sessions twice a week, that’s fine.
Changing your pregnancy fitness routine is a good way to keep it fun – include swimming, or join a pregnancy yoga class.
Reward yourself – anything from having a Blueberry Smoothie waiting in the fridge for when you’ve finished to booking a massage for the end of the month!
Keep a chart. You’ll be keeping records of your pregnancy health so why not keep a record of your exercise in pregnancy too? It helps to have a visual reminder of how well you are doing.
Exercising in the fresh air really does help. For cooler days slip on a something warmer Running up stairs, jumping off the bus or the train a stop earlier or doing your housework to music can all be included as part of your fitness routine.
Join a prenatal fitness class, not only will you have expert instruction but you might also meet some new pregnant friends!
Remember you have the ultimate motivator! The fitter you are the better you’ll be able to cope with labour and the more speedily you’ll likely to be regaining your pre-pregnancy shape.
Maintaining fitness whilst you’re pregnant will help you both physically and psychologically, preparing you for labour as well as helping to reduce many common complaints such as tiredness, varicose veins and swollen ankles. Regular exercise can help alleviate discomfort such as lower back pain and even help reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.