Almost all women can, and should, take part in about 30 minutes of moderate to light exercise per day. There are so many reasons why women should continue to exercise once they become pregnant, so we’ve picked out the top 6 benefits that will come from a good workout during your pregnancy.
- Energy Booster
It seems like since you have been pregnant, you always feel more tired than usual. Light exercise can help boost your energy throughout the day because it strengthens both your muscles and your cardiovascular system, making both everyday chores or a day in the office easier.
- Sleep Better
When you’re carrying your child in front of you for 9 month, it can be nearly impossible to find a position in which you are comfortable sleeping. Exercising helps reduce stress, burn off excess energy and relax you so that you’re ready for a good night’s sleep. Try exercising in the afternoon because once your body finally cools down about 5 to 6 hours later, it signals to your mind that you are ready to sleep.
- Reduce Discomfort
Between swollen feet, back pain and overall fatigue, there are so many aches and pains that come along with pregnancy. When you workout, you improve your blood circulation, strengthen your body and stretches your muscles, all of which can ease everyday discomforts of pregnancy.
- Prepare for childbirth
Giving birth is pretty much equivalent to running a marathon. If you are in good cardiovascular shape, stronger and focused, childbirth, just like running, can be both easier and faster. Trying walking or swimming for 30 minutes to maintain your fitness level before going into labor.
- Reduce Stress and Boost Your Mood
You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again. Exercising releases endorphins which lift your spirits and reduce stress. Pregnancy often causes people to feel anxious and overwhelmed, so break a sweat and you’ll feel a sense of relief in no time.
6. Get Back in Shape Faster Post-Childbirth
Not only will you gain less weight during your pregnancy if you workout, but you’ll also bounce back into shape faster if you stay active while you’re pregnant! Who isn’t motivated to workout now?
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