Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fitness. Show all posts

Monday, 9 October 2017

Aqua Fitness for Pregnancy

We all know that keeping fit during pregnacy can be really beneficial.  So, today on the blog, Mara, our resident fitness guru, shares with us the benefits of aqua fitness for pregnant women.

Yesterday, I was teaching my regular aqua fitness class at the local leisure centre and I was delighted to see one my regular ladies who is pregnant.  She has been coming to my class for a few months now, and she really enjoys and understands the benefits of water fitness. The following are the many benefits that aqua fitness can provide:

  • Being in the water can be fun.  Having a good splash around can reduce stress and tension and offer therapeutic benefits. Plus water fitness can increase one of your most beneficial hormones during pregnancy, your endorphins;
  • When you are in water, your body is buoyant reducing pressure on the joints, legs and back. So, water fitness can reduce aches and pains, and therefore help you feel more comfortable;
  • You can enjoy a fat-burning, endurance-building workout without the impact of bouncing up and down on the ground or gym machines;
  • Water is denser than air, so requires increased muscular effort to move. So, you get an even better work out;
  • Thanks to the hydrostatic pressure, water exercise can help reduce swelling in the limbs;
  • Water fitness is also the perfect for those who are introducing fitness into their lifestyle during their pregnancy.  It is a gentle, yet highly-beneficial form of exercise; and
  • It is excellent for muscle toning, and for the cardio-vascular system.

The multiple benefits of water fitness means that is it amongst the best forms of exercise for pregnant women.  And, as long as you're having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy, you can keep being active in the water all the way to the end the pregnancy.

As with all exercise and fitness activites, always consult your midwife or GP before you start.  And, remember, that you still sweat in the water - even you do not feel it - so make sure you have plenty of water before, during and after the exercise. Plus, you can treat yourself at the the end of your workout to a bit of gentle relaxing time in the water. I guarantee you it will feel wonderful.

See you in the big blue!

With love
Mara x

Aqua Natal Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Hypnobirthing Practitioner 

'Mara is absolutely the best!  I am so excited for our birthing experience! I am amazed and delighted at how confident I feel.'