Keeping fit doesn't have to cost a fortune
If you want to keep up your exercise routine during pregnancy but don't have any local antenatal fitness sessions (or just don't feel like getting your bump out in front of a load of strangers!) you might want to consider working out in the comfort of your own home.
At a glance
- DVDs allow you to work out in the comfort of your own home
- Exercise keeps you fit and active throughout your pregnancy
- Safety and comfort is paramount so make sure your DVD is suitable for mums-to-be
Exercising at home
The advantages of exercising in your living room in front of a DVD are huge whether you are pregnant or not. Firstly, you can do it whenever you fancy – so no frantic checking of class timetables, discovering you have ten minutes to get to the venue and then realising your workout gear is in the laundry.
Secondly, once you have bought the DVD you don't have to stump up more cash, (or indeed any at all if you search YouTube or other online resources for vids), and thirdly, you can go entirely at your own pace – if you need a drink or the loo, hit pause, and do it all on your terms!
Of course your safety and comfort is paramount when exercising in pregnancy. If you are going to workout at home be sure to source a DVD which is specifically for mums-to-be. There are loads of them about, from gentle and relaxing yoga for pregnancy through to celeb-endorsed prenatal and postnatal aerobic-style workouts.
If you choose to watch videos on YouTube, have a Google of the teacher and check they are well known instructors (and therefore know what they are talking about) also, keep in mind there will be no one watching you to make sure you have the correct position and are not about to do yourself an injury, so don't over do things!
Create a fitness group with friends
If you have a bunch of pregnant pals, or perhaps even your antenatal group chums, you could even start your own little DVD library and swap titles to keep your workouts fresh (because let's face it, it CAN get a bit boring) – or you could meet up and keep fit together as a change to coffee and cake in Costa.
Go on – it's sure to be a great laugh, and not only will you be keeping yourself fit and active in preparation for labour, your pre-pregnancy jeans will love you for it after birth, too.
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