For many pregnant women the thought of walking in to a gym is enough to STOP them from exercising. I know when I was pregnant I couldn't stand the idea of stepping into a stuffy, smelly environment with a lot of sweating.
To keep up my exercise I modified my workout and swam. This was a perfect solution because it was quiet, easy on my joints and extremely refreshing! To add in the strength component I did various exercises using the water as resistance.
If you're not into swimming or going to the gym, don't despair – here's a list of 2 easy and effective exercises that you can do in the comfort of your OWN HOME. You don't need any equipment, just your own body weight and gravity.
Here are my TOP 2 Home Exercises:
(Remember to get your Doctor's OK before doing any of these exercises.)
1. Step Ups – find a set of stairs and a railing. Place your foot on the first, second or third step (depending on your difficulty level) and slowly pull yourself up to standing.
Concentrate on pressing through your heel and lifting slowly, NOT pushing from your bottom foot. Do the same side 15 times and then alternate. Make sure you hold on to the railing (your balance is compromised right now!).
2. Plies (with Kegels!) – stand with your feet a little more than shoulder width apart, toes pointed outwards. Slowly squat down towards the floor, making sure your knees stay over your ankles at all times. Do a Kegel at the bottom, then squeeze your bum, press your knees back and come up to standing.
Repeat 15 times. For extra intensity, hold at the bottom (knees bent) and then do 15 baby bounces.
These exercises WILL help you tone your lower body!!
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