Wednesday, 16 December 2015

My favourite prenatal workouts!

Pregnancy is such a special time, as you grow a new life inside your body. Both you and your child are constantly changing during each stage of development. Being pregnant is natural for a woman - it’s one of the most beautiful things that your body is made to do. Yet, when it comes to engaging in physical activity and exercise during pregnancy, many women are unsure what they can or should be doing. Some worry they might harm the baby or injure themselves while exercising. These concerns are only natural. But, thankfully, the human body is designed to move and pregnant bodies are no different. Read my entire article here!

Now that you understand the benefits of staying active and exercising throughout your pregnancy, where do you start? Begin with your health care provider's consent. Whether you see a obstetrician, family physician, or midwife discuss the activities you already do or are interested in during your pregnancy. Once you are cleared for exercise...we can have some fun!

I love working out at home! Pulling out my exercise mat, my weights, turning on the news or favourite TV show, and sneaking in a 15-20 minute workout in the morning before my Little is awake or while she plays beside me! Therefore, I have compiled my favourite prenatal fitness routines for you to complete at home or bring with you to your gym! Some of these workouts are prenatal specific and other offer modifications of typical exercises.

Booty Burner | lower body 

Rock That Baby | full body

Arm Burner | upper body workout 

Gingerbread Cookie Arms & Core | my Christmas-themed upper body and core routine

Full Body BOSU | full body with lots of balancing

Starting something new can be intimidating! That is why registering for a Prenatal Fit class with Fit Your Life is a great way to gain confidence in moving your body through exercise as it changes with baby's growth. Since this class is currently only offered once per week, I offer tips on how to modify your other workouts or fitness classes. Getting into healthy habits now will help you continue your regular exercise after baby comes and it is safe to do so. 

Congratulations on your pregnancy! If you have any questions about prenatal fitness classes offered in Edmonton, Alberta please do not hesitate to contact me! I would love to hear from you! 


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