Staying fit is not all about running and jumping around like a lunatic. Here are three simple ways to exercise and keep fit without breaking your back or your bank balance.
Keeping fit during pregnancy
Walking is such a simple but useful exercise. Maintain good posture when you’re walking. Stand tall and don’t hunch your shoulders. Try to keep your arms relaxed and swing them forwards and backward.
Be careful to avoid walking outdoors when it is scorching and always carry a bottle of water with you. You want to avoid your heart-rate increasing, so keep away from steep hills and make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes which offer good support. If the weather conditions do not permit, you can use a treadmill indoors, but remember to keep your balance!
Swimming is a great overall form of exercise and particularly during the later stages of pregnancy, as walking can become a bit uncomfortable. Being in the water is great because it supports your weight and helps take the pressure off your lower back.
Water is incredible because the effects of gravity are lessened, and therefore there’s much less pressure put on your joints. It has also been found that swelling can be reduced through regular swimming and of course it has a calming effect on the body which is of great benefit.
Yoga and low-impact aerobics
Nowadays, a lot of hospitals and health clubs offer pre-natal exercise classes.Because of the limitations put on a pregnant body such as loss of balance and reduced stamina, the routines involved are designed to allow women to exercise safely. Don’t forget to exercise in a room that is well-ventilated and wear comfortable and breathable clothes and constantly have your bottle of water on hand.
One situation many women experience is postpartum depression, and it has been confirmed that exercise is efficient at treating it as well as preventing it to a certain extent, being able to reduce the severity of this issue at least. So, by exercising while you are pregnant, the chance of you becoming depressed later on is significantly reduced. The exact science behind it is unknown, but scientists have found that exercise has a positive impact on brain chemistry.