A mistake made by many mums-to-be is to use pregnancy as an excuse to ditch exercise and go ballistic on the whole junk food thing.
Although this might be a fabulous way of living short-term (and a few extra pounds are tolerated when there’s a baby brewing) but it’s a terrible long-term plan – both physically and mentally.
When the baby leaves your body and you’re left with baby weight and no energy, you’ll wish you had kept up with some pregnancy safe exercise and chosen salad over snacks.
Here’s the good news; it’s never too late to start exercising and to eat well. And Pilates is a good way to get going.
Pilates.com does bespoke exercises for pregnant women and new mums. Here some of the benefits:
- Strength and flexibility of legs and back.
- Improved awareness of your growing body.
- Improved posture during pregnancy and post-partum.
- Maintaining and improving abdominal strength.
- Strength of upper body in preparation for breastfeeding.
- Improved awareness and strength of your pelvic floor.
- A general feeling of well-being and confidence.
Here’s what I like about Pilates; you don’t need to have the latest exercise gear (or clothing) to do it. And with the bespoke routine offered by Pilates.com there is no need to drag your giant pregnant belly to class. You can do your exercises at home.
The only problem is discipline. I don’t know about ya’ll but I am not all that good at sticking to any kind of work out that involves my own incentive; I kind of need an instructor to demand accountability (even if it is by implication).
The thing with Pilates (and any form of exercise really) is that you need to stick to it long term to reap the rewards. It’s that really annoying ‘no pain, no gain’ thing.
So here’s a tip when it comes to exercising at home; set yourself realistic goals and make sure that your routine fits into your schedule (bump or baby) – and you’re on the road to healthy living.
Visit Pilates.com to sign up for your own personalised Pilates programme.