Finding the motivation to attend group exercise classes during pregnancy can be a constant challenge, but the rewards for both baby and mother are tremendous. Research indicates that mothers-to-be who still maintain an exercise schedule tend to sleep better, have more energy, and even reduce headaches and swelling. While many women can feel somewhat self-conscious working out by themselves, attending group classes whose membership includes lots of other pregnant mothers can benefit the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Spinning classes are a great option of for people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. The cardiovascular workout helps enhances blood flow while increasing the levels of oxygen and nutrients that are so essential to the baby’s development. By lowering the handlebars slightly, you reduce tension in the back and make the experience much more comfortable and enjoyable. And if you happen to miss a class, taking a ride on one of the gym’s recumbent bikes is always a simple alternative.
Studies show that regular sessions of prenatal Pilates reduce labor pains and potential difficulties during childbirth while also helping to improve balance, strength, and stamina. There are always a number of these types of group exercise classes to attend. And because the related exercises generally target the core, Pilates helps new mothers to keep off that excess baby weight that is so difficult to lose after the baby’s birth.
Prenatal yoga is a perfect form of exercise for expectant mothers. Its focus on breathing control helps to make for an easier delivery. Women should avoid any movements that require excessive twisting of the midsection or lying on your back. Hot yoga is almost not a good option. For these reasons, instructors of Prenatal Yoga classes specifically design their routines with the health and safety of the baby in mind.
Barre classes are a big trend these days because they combine the movements found in ballet, Pilates, and yoga. With a focus on isometric strength training, a barre much like those found in ballerina dance studios helps the mom-to-be maintain balance. Some of the exercises take place while standing. Others involve sitting on the floor. But most always the barre classes involve some motivating music playing in the background along with some easy choreography that makes these group exercise classes a great deal of fun.
Switching up your workout routine every now and then is always a good idea, even if you don’t happen to be pregnant. Someone who rarely changes their workout routine is likely to plateau much sooner than those who change things up. For more information on the many benefits of prenatal group exercise classes, contact one of the personal trainers at Fit2DMax today.