Having trouble finding the motivation to get off of the sofa and to the gym? You’re not alone: many mamas-to-be struggle with decreased energy levels, increased aches and pains, and other deterrents which can interfere with staying active. However, fitness is an important part of enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Here are some things you can do to stay motivated.
Pregnancy Loves Company
Whether you were running marathons or simply enjoyed a brisk walk on your lunch hour prior to becoming pregnant, your active lifestyle is getting your pregnancy off to a great start. Most doctors agree that women with normal pregnancies can proceed with the same fitness routines they did prior to pregnancy, although you need to check in with your physician to be sure.
However, as your pregnancy progresses you may find it harder to keep up with your pre-pregnancy workout routine. It’s not exactly a surprise: after all, you’re growing a whole other human being!
One way to stay fit while still having fun? Make exercising social. Whether you go for a walk around the neighborhood with a friend or take a Zumba class, exercising with friends, neighbors and other mamas-to-be provides terrific incentive.
Mix Things Up
Sticking to the same routine day after day can be challenging during any circumstances. Not only can burn-out cause you to check out both mentally and physically, but it can also lead to diminishing results. Instead of sticking to the same old stuff, consider cross-training.
Particularly if you enjoyed running or an alternate high-impact form of exercise before becoming pregnant, you may now struggle with continuing your usual workouts. By substituting no-impact or low-impact activities instead, you can derive all of the benefits of exercise with none of the discomfort.
Walking, Jazzercize, swimming and fitness methods are great ways to improve your cardiovascular strength and stamina while also helping to prepare your body for labor. Diverse fitness activities are also an effective way to ward off the mental drudgery of doing the same thing every day for nine straight weeks.
It’s All About the Outfit
Who doesn’t love the feeling of getting a brand new outfit and showing it off at work or out on the town the next day? The same exhilarating feeling applies to maternity clothes. Luckily, there are more options than ever when it comes to chic, sleek maternity workout clothes.
Maternity fashion is no longer about hiding your bump, but about celebrating it! Form-fitting shapes and moisture-wicking fabrics can make working out more comfortable, while stylish details just make it a whole lot more fun. Look for amazing details like shirring and adjustable belly panels which are designed to fit and flatter your changing body throughout the nine months of pregnancy and beyond.
One of our favorite ways to give your workout that little something extra? Get your slogan on. Phrases like, Body By Baby and Six Pack Abs help you keep your sense of humor …and also show it off to others.
Even the most fitness-minded mamas occasionally have trouble getting motivated. These techniques can help you rediscover the fun in fitness, while also enjoying all of the benefits that come with an active pregnancy. Do you have any tips for staying motivated when the couch is calling? If so, please share them in the comments section.
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Please welcome Courtney as our newest ForTwoFitness Ambassador! Courtney is the mother of a toddler with a second on the way, who keeps fit with running. Courtney’s fitness philosophy is to take one day at the time! Please check out Courtney’s Instagram www.instagram.com/sahmrunner