While exercise may be the last thing on the mind of many pregnant women, since they often feel more tired and achy than normal, there are many reasons to continue or begin a fitness program. As long as your doctor approves, moderate exercise can be incorporated into your routine most days of the week. The health benefits of swimming make it an excellent choice for those who are seeking to find the best way to stay active during pregnancy.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the health benefits of aerobic exercise, and that phrase simply makes you conjure up a mental image of a bunch of women clad in cutesy spandex outfits at a school gymnasium performing synchronized Jazzercise steps.
Well, the trend in the past has been to take what is collectively referred to as “aerobics classes”, or gatherings that are enjoyed by groups of men and women who follow an instructor while they embark on an exercise regimen which combines aerobic exercise, stretching and strength-training moves to achieve different levels of fitness. It may be a “step class” or a dance class. Aerobic exercise could be simply be doing “Jumping Jacks”… it is anything that gets your heart pumping. First, we need to define the word “aerobic”, which means “with oxygen”. Aerobics is not just the exercise regimen per se, but a series of moves by you that will continue to stimulate your heart and breathing rate, improving your breathing through each successive session. Aerobic exercise takes on many forms. Such examples include activities like the use of cardio machines, or spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking, dancing, cross-country skiing, kickboxing, and the aforementioned aerobics classes.
The common belief is that you must drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water daily to stay healthy. In fact, health magazines or websites all seem to promote this thought. As a matter of fact, this age-old suggestion to drink eight glasses of water a day was simply a guideline and not based on any scientific evidence. We see many people carrying around bottled water, and, where pop was once a staple in everyone’s diet, water has now superseded soda or pop, even Gatorade, which many use to replenish fluids and electrolytes that are lost during intense exercise sessions.