Pregnant? Congratulations! No doubt, along with a million other pressing questions, you’re wondering about whether or not you should be exercising during your pregnancy. Well, we can’t think of a better time to strengthen your back muscles and that all-important pelvic floor. Here’s a few things to keep in mind before you get that booty (and bump) moving…
4 Tips for Working Out with a Baby Bump:
#1 Stay Positive
Switch your focus away from what you can’t do, to what you can. Sure, there are a few things that you need to stay away from like ab crunches and high impact contact sports but there are so many ways to exercise without putting you and your bump under too much strain. – Try yoga, swimming and lifting light weights. Besides, who likes doing sit-ups anyway?
#2 Stay Hydrated
Keeping hydrated is more important now than ever. Be sure to keep a bottle of water with you at all times – not just during your workout. If you struggle to sip H20 add some natural flavour by popping a few lemon or lime wedges, a couple slices of cucumber and a strawberry or two into your water jug and you’ve basically got a cocktail!
#3 Take a Break
Feeling out of breath or like your body temperature is too high? Take a time out. Hey, you’re preggers and you’re working out… no shame in resting here.
#4 Squats Are Your New BFF
Newsflash! – During birth you are likely to spend of lot of the time in the squat position, which makes squats the easiest way to automatically work your pelvic floor and to prepare for that much-needed muscular endurance.
THE ULTIMATE GYM KIT UPDATE
By now, you’re kicking your January butt and are reaching your 2017 #FitGoals, right? Well then it’s time to treat yourself with a little gym kit update. We think you’ll find these items give you some extra motivation to keep moving…
Dermalogical Daily Superfoliant, R1 080
Sure, joining that running club has really made a difference to your thighs but have you considered what it might be doing to your skin? Pollution has been named the number one skin damaging agent (overtaking the sun’s UV rays). – Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant boasts charcoal as its main ingredient, this active detoxifier reaches into your pores and removes pollution. Decant a pea-sized amount of this deliciously dark powder into your hand, emulsify and work it into your skin in circular motions before rinsing with warm water.
ADIDAS Ultraboost X, R2 799
Give yourself a well-deserved advantage with latest in footwear technology. – Let us introduce you to the adidas Ultraboost X running shoe. This hybrid fuses the UltraBoost’s signature supportive heel with the famous energy-creating Adaptive Arch that we adored the Boost range for. All this technology has been combined in a seriously beautiful shoe. 10km race signup? – Don’t mind if we do.
Invisibobble Power set of 3, R99
Struggling to tame your mane during an intense workout? You need to get yourself one of these babies. The Power has an intensified spiral shape for an extra strong grip, allowing your ponytail to survive the whole HIIT class.
Country Road Tote at Woolworths, R699
And what better way to store your new gym kit than in a Country Road tote bag? We adore its polka-stripe combo!
Visit these best of Bloem winners to stay true to your fitness journey:
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Best Sporting Goods – Kloppers
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