Your Guide to Pregnancy Fitness

Best Pregnancy Workouts

Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout
Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout
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The good news is that most exercises (like walking, yoga, pilates, swimming, rowing, Spinning, and lifting weights) are safe during pregnancy -- and fun. But avoid those that may cause any injury: snow- and waterskiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, skating (ice, roller, and in-line), and bicycling (except on a stationary bike). Your balance changes during pregnancy, so even if you've never been klutzy, you'll be safest if you avoid activities that pose a risk of falling.

If you're not big on traditional exercise, you can weave in bouts of around-the-house moves that burn at least 45 calories in ten minutes. Some examples, for a 150-pound woman:

• Dancing around the kitchen = 45 calories
• Walking a dog = 50 calories
• Mopping = 51 calories
• Washing windows = 51 calories
• Planting flowers = 54 calories
• Raking leaves = 57 calories

Also, any movement will help. Start slow if you're not used to exercising and feel overwhelmed. If you need to, take baby steps and begin with just five minutes a day, each week increasing your daily workout by five minutes until you're exercising 30 minutes a day. You'll see progress soon enough!

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