Kelly Rowland has been seen showing off her baby bump and is still looking great. Exercising during your pregnancy is good for both you and your baby, but it is important to discuss your exercise programme with your health care provider to help adjust your normal routine and advise on what is safe to do during your pregnancy.
Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy
- Increases your sense of control and boosts your energy level.
- Relieves backaches and improves your posture by strengthening and toning muscles in your back, butt and thighs.
- Reduces constipation by speeding up movement in your intestine.
- Helps you sleep better by relieving the stress and anxiety that might make you restless at night.
- Ensures strong muscles and a fit heart, which help ease and manage labour and delivery pains.
15 opposite arm & leg lift
Muscles targeted: Full arm, legs and core muscles (back, stomach and abdominal sides).
Starting position: Kneel down and put your hands on the floor. Keep your arms straight and your hands in line with your knees.
The movement: From all fours, reach forward with your right arm, then stretch your left leg back, keeping both in line with the body. Hold for five seconds, then release and repeat using the left arm and right leg (that’s one rep). Do 10 to 15 reps on each side.
Muscles targeted: Glutes (butt muscles), thigh muscles and Kegel (pelvic muscles)
Starting position: Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart and facing slightly outward, then place your hands on your waist.
The movement: Keeping your back straight, lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then stand up straight.