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Tips to stay fit while pregnant

Posted Aug 25 2009 12:00am

Today's guest post is by Lisa (aka: Workout Mommy). You can check out her blog at www.workoutmommy.com, plus read her profile at the end of this post.  She is truly a “workout mommy” with two kids and another on the way.  She is also a certified personal trainer with NASM and also hold Group Fitness certification with AFAA .

I asked Lisa to help provide some workout tips for all of us pregger workout nuts. Whether you’re a pregnant non-runner or runner who needs something different, read Lisa’s tips for different workout ideas below.

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Pregnant belly Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to throw your fitness plan out the window.

As long as you get the green light from your OB, you should continue to exercise (with modifications) right up until your delivery date. Not only will it keep you in shape, but it can also make for an easier labor and recovery.

Here are some great fitness options for moms-to-be:

1. Walking:  A fantastic non-impact exercise that can easily be done anywhere at anytime!  Find some hilly terrain and pump your arms while walking.  Need a bit more of a challenge?  Do 10 walking lunges every five minutes!

2. Spinning/indoor cycling: Again, a non-impact workout that will give you more bang for your buck. Just be sure to keep your heart rate under control.  Remember: if you are having a hard time breathing, so is your baby.   Keep the intensity at a medium and keep hydrated throughout the class.

3. Swimming: Lose that "heavy" pregnancy feeling by swimming some laps in your local pool.  The water will make you feel weightless and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to glide through the water.   If lap swimming isn't your thing, check into a water aerobics class.  Most local gyms and recreation centers offer water classes that will give you a solid workout.

4. Yoga: Prenatal yoga will benefit both your body and mind.  It improves flexibility, tones muscles and will provide natural relief from some of the common pregnancy discomforts.  It can also help you deal with the mental stress of pregnancy.

5. Kettlebells: Keep your muscles strong by working out with kettlebells. Lauren Brooks made a spectacular kettlebell DVD specifically for moms to be. (She filmed it while 6 months pregnant herself!)  It will give you an amazing workout with zero impact. You can .

Get up and get moving gang; it does your mind, body, and baby good!  Never underestimate the power of a workout, especially when you are pregnant!

About Lisa (aka: Workout Mommy):

In her life before kids, Lisa was a personal trainer and gym junkie.  Now she spends her days chasing her two little boys (and another on the way!) and  finding creative ways to find time for fitness. You can get more tips,  ideas, and giveaways at her blog, www.workoutmommy.com .

Follow Lisa on twitter: www.twitter.com/workoutmommy

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