Low Impact Exercises
Hello to all of you lovely ladies! We hope you had a FABULOUS, fall weekend! As Baby Blossom continues to grow, Jenni has truly learned how important it is to listen to her body especially when exercising and during this season of life we’re focusing on low-impact workouts that are gentle but effective! So we want to share some of our favorite, low-impact exercises for pregnancy and beyond! For all you mamas-to-be, these exercises will keep you healthy throughout your pregnancy and help prepare your body labor. But ladies, even if you are not expecting these exercises are wonderful way to your heart rate up and supplement your routine with some gentle exercises.First, it’s important to distinguish between low impact and high impact exercises. Low impact simply means you keep at least one foot in contact with the ground whereas high impact exercises are those where both feet come off the ground. These exercises great for those who are pregnant, have bone/joint injuries, experience problems like arthritis and stress fractures, are new to exercising or, frankly, just dislike high-impact exercise. The key to making low-impact exercise effective, is working hard by increasing pace, opting for hilly routes and switching up your activities.
Without further ado, here are our favorite low impact exercises:
Walking– Walking is for EVERYONE. Get your heart rate up by increasing the pace, adding short bursts of speed and choosing to walk hills. If tracking workouts is important to you get a watch that records your distance and pace. There are so many options in the market but for the price you can’t beat garmin forerunners and timex!
Yoga– Yoga is one of the best ways to gently increase flexibility, strengthen muscles and educe stress which makes it one of our go-to choices! Don’t forget your mat, and various props as discussed in our latest yoga post!
Swimming – You ladies know that we absolutely buy into the value of swimming and water therapeutics. Water makes us buoyant which means that we can exercise without any pressure on our joints!
Barre– Barre exercises emphasize small, focused motions to increase strength without the high impact jumping and bouncing. So you’ll get a great workout without the additional wear and tear on your joints!
Cycling– In recent years cycling has become incredibly popular, chances are there is a studio offering classes near you. Give them a try and see what you think. If you are pregnant, make sure that you chat with the instructor to see if the class is appropriate for you!
We’re currently doing lots of walking over here but also love to add gentle, prenatal yoga to our exercise lineup. What are your favorite low-impact exercises? Let us know in the comments! If you’re new to working out take a look at our blog where we share exercises, tips to keep you motivated and tricks to help you fit your workout into a busy schedule! And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for daily inspiration and encouragement!
**As always, these are simply suggestions and it is SO important to make sure that you talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise program!**