Maintain your pregnancy fitness with home workouts
If there’s anything you can do to help you ‘keep calm and carry on’, during the coronavirus pandemic then maintaining your health and fitness during pregnancy has to be a priority.
Heading out for a run, a brisk walk or a cycle ride is ideal but not always possible, especially if you’re juggling working at home with children, partners or any other challenge to your usual routine. Gyms and studios might be closed, your personal fitness trainer is off limits but active-pregnancy.com is available whenever and wherever you need it, with pregnancy home workouts to keep you strong, fit and active throughout your nine month journey.
Top tips for at home pregnancy workouts
- Wearing maternity fitnesswear will put you in the right frame of mind for staying active. We’re firm believers in living in your activewear a) you’re always prepared to seize the moment b) your bump is always supported and c) it’s comfortable!
- You don’t need a raft of special equipment, if you don’t have dumbbells, two tins of beans makes a good substitute. However…..
- We would recommend you use a non-slip exercise mat; a fitness ball provides scope for many different exercises during pregnancy and comes in handy as a birthing ball; resistance bands are inexpensive, space friendly and are ideal for toning up different areas of your body
- Choosing a space to be your ‘exercise zone’ is a good idea, but you don’t need to recreate a gym. Some of our favourite home workouts for pregnant and postnatal women have been filmed in lounges, bedrooms and gardens
- Aim for 30 minutes a day – but it doesn’t have to be all at once. If you’re struggling to find time, two 15 minutes sessions, or even three 10 minutes sessions will help you maintain your pregnancy fitness
- If you’re able to set aside time when you won’t be interrupted by children, partners or other on-lookers that’s great – if not, encourage them to join in!
Pregnancy workout at home with Emma
Emma Bord is a personal fitness trainer based in Edgware, fully qualified in pre and postnatal training she is currently pregnant with her third child. She knows just how it feels when your children decide to join in with your pregnancy exercise session…and how to keep on going.
We love this 15 minute pregnancy workout session where she is joined by her two children. Suitable for any trimester, this workout for pregnant women will raise your heartbeat, improve your strength and works on all areas of your body. Unroll your exercise mat and join Emma (and her children!) to banish the lockdown blues!
At the Barre with Lottie
Fitness instructor Lottie, from Just the Girl Fitness demonstrates that a chair will make an adequate substitute for a barre when you can’t get to the studio. This eight minute at home workout will tone and strengthen your body during pregnancy.
Safe pregnancy HIIT workout with Tara
Who needs a gym for a HIIT session? Fitness instructor Tara Hammett was in her second trimester when she shot these quick five minute workouts for pregnant women. Working all areas of your body, include them in your pregnancy exercise routine at home.