Sunday, February 3, 2019

Why Frequency Matters

One of the most notable prenatal exercise guideline changes for 2019 is Frequency.  Where as the previous guidelines from 2003 recommended 3-4 days/week, the new 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy recommends exercising at least 3 days of the week, but ideally most days of the week. 

Why the change?

First, after an extensive research review, the guideline panel could demonstrate that being active most days of the week during pregnancy is safe.

Second, the panel could confidently declare that exercise during pregnancy can reduce gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension and preeclampsia by 40%. This benefit is directly related to frequency.

If you have had gestational diabetes, you know that one of the things your healthcare provider asked you to do, was move your body daily.  This is because exercise helps to stabilize blood sugar and regulate insulin.  It also helps with healthy weight gain, which is a life-style factor for developing gestational diabetes.

Third, regular exercise is more effective than sporadic exercise when it comes to preventing and managing depression and anxiety.  Aim to do something each day.  It can be a simple as a walk or as organized as attending a Fit 4 Two class

If need some motivation to exercise more frequently, consider registering for more than one Fit 4 Two class a week.  Our participants tell us that registering for 2-3 classes a week helps them to stay on track.  If you do not live where we offer programs, check out our online fitness programs

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