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Working out during pregnancy is extremely important, and many mamas run out of energy to keep up with their fitness once pregnancy hits. As a Pre/Post Natal Fitness specialist, and mama of 3 boys, I KNOW the importance of staying fit during pregnancy, and here are a list of reasons you can read.
Working out with a big belly, aches and pains, fatigue and headaches isn’t very appealing, but because it is so beneficial, finding fun ways to stay active and workout is really important. I have some very effective, compound exercises in my program, The Belly-Only Pregnancy, which are awesome home workouts with minimal equipment. The pregnancy workouts I am going to go over here are more fun ideas that involve group classes, online programs, apps and more.
Changing up your fitness routine could be the PERFECT step to help you find new energy and enthusiasm for staying fit during pregnancy. Let’s go through the list, so you can find something that works for you that will help you stay active, healthy and manage your weight gain.
Also, remember your nutrition is SO IMPORTANT during pregnancy. I talk more about that in a post that goes over how to have a belly-only pregnancy, but my number one tip for you is to start using protein shakes as meals or snacks, depending on what you put in them. Combining fiber and protein keeps you full, and a safe protein powder with extra nutrients is an awesome way to nourish both you and baby!
The Best, Fun Workouts for A Belly-Only Pregnancy:
I LOVE booty barre by Tracy Mallet, and I had the chance to actually train with her during my time as a Pilates instructor. She is basically awesome, and we learned to teach a booty barre class in that weekend. I was so sore, I couldn’t believe it. It is challenging, but there is little impact on your joints as you gain weight. I did a few barre classes while pregnant at our local gym, and there are apps now where you can do classes on demand. The assist of the bar keeps you from losing your balance, yet you still get an amazing workout. I highly recommend adding this a few times a week. Because it focuses more on legs and glutes, you burn more calories. Those muscles are larger, so they use more energy. There are plenty of videos and workouts on YouTube you can do free, and I believe Blogilates has some too.
Cycling is another awesome, fun workout you can do while pregnant that has little impact on your joints. By sitting on the bike you can relieve some aches and pains, yet still get an awesome cardio workout. Just remember that as you get further into pregnancy, you will get short of breath faster, so adjust your effort accordingly. The only hard part about cycling is you need a bike. If you have access to a gym, or can get a bike at home, my all-time FAVORITE fitness app ever, ever, has some great audio cycling classes. I have diligently used this app for over a year now, and it is literally how I stay fit with three kids and no gym. You listen to a trainer with an awesome playlist in the background. You don’t have to watch anything, just listen to their cues.
Yoga is AMAZING for pregnancy because it is low impact, relaxing, but still challenging. I found Glo, which I haven’t tried yet, but it seems like an awesome space to find online, prenatal yoga classes to try. Yoga is really helpful for balance and breathing, which comes in handy for labor. The reason you want it to be Prenatal Yoga is because regular yoga can be a bit hard on joints. When a class is dedicated to pregnancy modifications, it is easier to ensure you don’t hurt yourself. The stretching, breathing and muscle control can also really help with back aches or hip pain if those are settling in.
HIIT For The More Advanced:
If you are more advanced, HIIT workouts can be awesome and fun, as well as short and sweet. The reason I say advanced is because HIIT workouts are more intense. If you are in good shape, were maybe a runner when you got pregnant, but now the growing belly is slowing you down, try some awesome body-weight HIIT workouts. These are usually 20-50 seconds of an exercise like squats, with 10-20 seconds of rest in between moves. I love incorporating HIIT workouts into my week because they also challenge your muscles. My favorite app has a great article on how to modify HIIT workouts for pregnancy, and they have a full prenatal workout section with HIIT and modifications. You can do these right at home! HIIT is fun because it goes by really fast, is hard, but then it is over and you fell so energized.
Dancing is another amazing way to stay active and workout during pregnancy. This can be something as simple as making your own play list at home and dancing all you want, or joining a class and learning something like Zumba. Either way, dancing can lift your spirits, be done almost anywhere, and make working out with a big belly much more fun.
Swimming is one of the best workouts you can do while pregnant because you feel so light and athletic in the pool! Hopping in the pool takes a lot of the pain and stress off your body, while still enabling you to get a great workout in. Swimming for a workout can be as simple as swimming laps back and forth, running around the shallow end, doing jumping jacks, practicing your crawl stroke and more. There are even pool weights you can get to help you really get a great workout in. I highly recommend this for anyone that has access to a pool, and feels confident to pop that suit on and jump in!
Kick boxing can be a super fun workout, even when you are pregnant. You can modify a kickboxing class to reduce impact and jumping, and still hit a punching bag. As your belly gets bigger, it will be harder to kick, so you can transition into just boxing. Boxing is a great way to keep your heart rate up, build strength and have fun! Sometimes pregnancy hormones can lead to impatience, anger and frustration, so what a great way to release some of that in a workout class? If you can’t get into a class near you, there are boxing workouts on the app I love, and I’m sure you can find some on YouTube as well!
All in all, there are still some amazing, fun ways to workout during pregnancy to keep you fit and healthy.
The key is to stay consistent with whatever activity you find enjoyable. Walking may not be as fun as some of the other suggestions, but it is also a great way to help you stay fit and control weight gain.
I highly recommend that you give Aaptive a try because they have so many options in one app, all with trainers leading you through. It is audio, not visual, so you have a trainer walking you through what to do, coaching you through it and giving you cues. You don’t have to watch anything! And, if you need help with your diet, motivation to eat healthy and recipes, grab my program and get started!
If you need help losing the baby weight and keeping up your milk supply, I have a very popular program, The Postpartum Cure, which comes in an app you can download.