We all know exercise is a great way to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy and as I mentioned here I have found that it drastically helped me cope with my nausea and moodiness throughout my pregnancy. I also know how easy it is to make “excuses” or talk yourself out of going to the gym or engaging is some form of exercise when there are days it’s a struggle to get out of bed.
But because the benefits of exercise are so significant it’s important to make it a priority and ensure you are working it into your weekly routine. Here are my top five tips that have helped me to stay active during my pregnancy even on the days when getting out of bed is difficult.
On Sundays when I think about my week and what I have planned I always schedule the days that I’m going to exercise. Taking into consideration what nights I’m going to be home late and what days I might have to be at the office early, allows me to choose three or four days that I know I’m going have the time to exercise.
Stick with it
Once it’s in my schedule it’s a done deal. If I know Wednesday morning is my gym day I will pack my bag the night before and go to bed a bit early to make sure when my alarm clock goes off I’m ready to go.
Find a friend
Making a date with a friend to go to a class or even on an evening walk is a great way stay active while also keeping an active social schedule.
Don’t make it difficult
We all know pregnancy is a challenging time in general, so it’s not the time to make exercise extra hard. Staying active is the priority, not beating your personal best. Choose activities that you enjoy and classes that you are going to look forward to going to. Most importantly, listen to your body and don’t overdo it.
With all the physical changes occurring during pregnancy, sometimes it’s easier to think “there’s no point exercising now, I’m just going to wait until after the baby is born.” In reality, starting after you baby is here is going to be more difficult, with a lack of sleep and a little life wanting your attention 24/7, your time is going to be extremely limited.
Continuing an exercise routine which can be easily adapted once your baby is here will be much easier than starting from scratch, especially with all the other lifestyle changes you will have to face.
The bottom line, make exercise a priority and stick with it, your body and baby will thank-you.
How active have you been during your pregnancy? What has helped you to keep your exercise routine? What has been your biggest struggle? I would love to hear your experiences, please leave a comment below.
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