9 Months Pregnant, Final Beach Workouts with Speedo Fitness Club
I'm 9 months pregnant and about to pop! But I want to stay motivated until bub arrives. I feel as big as a whale and I've been dealing with a ridiculous amount of swelling in my feet, ankles, and legs, In fact I wrote about my 'cankles' in this piece for Fox News. But I feel so much better when I am active. So as long as I can, I'll be doing modified workouts.
I do plan on slowing down even more once I welcome my little man into this world. Along with the mommy/baby bonding, I also think recovery is so critical for both the mind and body.
In this video, Speedo Fitness Club manager and trainer, Levi Darby leads me through a less intense version of three exercises safe for month nine of pregnancy. Levi says his number one tip is to listen to your body. This is not the time to be increasing fitness levels. He also says to make sure not to let your heart rate or blood pressure get too high. And make sure to stay hydrated. Levi recommends focusing on low impact exercise and movements. Carrying the extra weight of your bub adds pressure to your joints as well as inflammation so avoid any sudden impacts or movements likely to aggravate. Practice positions that help prepare your body for birth. Deep squats are great for encouraging your pelvis to open and for your bubb to move into a great position for birth.
My friends, I truly hope these tips help keep you motivated though your pregnancy the way they have motivated me! As always, remember to always consult with your doctor.
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Levi Darby is the manager of Speedo Fitness Club Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Levi is from the UK and is based in Bondi. Levi says, "Supporting others in reaching their fitness peak has always been a passion of mine. Having worked in the industry for over 8 years as a trainer and gym manager i have been able to meet people from all walks of life and aid them in overcoming barriers to become fitter, stronger individuals. It all comes down to mindset and tackling any obstacle you face with positive action. Once you master this you’re on the path to success."
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