Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fitness Goals for Moms-to-be

Pregnancy is the perfect time to build good exercise habits.  Exercise can prevent gestational diabetes, reduce pack pain, improve mood and increase stamina for childbirth.  Extra bonus: Women who exercise during pregnancy are more likely to exercise postpartum.  Women who exercise in the first 6 months after having a baby report less aches & pains, more self-acceptance, better body image and increased fitness.  Ready to get moving?

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada recommends that all healthy women with normal pregnancies do up to 4 days a week of cardiovascular exercise as well as incorporate muscular conditioning and stretching into their routines. You do not need to wait until the 2nd 
trimester to being an exercise routine.

What might a prenatal fitness routine look like?

Monday: Prenatal Yoga (strength/stretching/relaxation)
Tuesday: Prenatal Fitness (cardio/strength/stretching/relaxation)
Wednesday: Date night (dinner and a light walk)
Thursday: Prenatal Fitness (cardio/strength/stretching/relaxation)
Friday: Prenatal AquaFit (cardio/strength/stretching/relaxation)
Saturday: rest, light walk
Sunday: rest, light walk

Or maybe...

Monday: Prenatal Yoga (strength/stretching/relaxation)
Tuesday: 30 minute power walk at lunch.   Personal training session after work (cardio/strength/stretching/relaxation)
Wednesday: 30 minute swim followed by stretch (cardio/stretch)
Thursday: Personal training session at lunch (cardio/strength/stretching/relaxation)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Moderate hike with friends
Sunday: Rest

Take the challenge!

Plan out your weekly fitness plan for September and post it on our facebook page.  Check out the other plans and be inspired.  See someone you know, send them an encouraging message.   See someone with similar interests, connect with them and suggest exercising together.  Fit 4 Two is synonymous with community.  Let's support one another so that we all benefit from an active lifestyle.

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