We all know exercise is good for us and we all should be doing it. The American College of Sports Medicine
recommends, "Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Do eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week." Click HERE to read the entire article.
These recomendations are for healthy adults under the age of 65.
Imagine if the physiological changes during pregnancy such as increased blood volume and increased blood flow to the tissue
could be improved upon further through exercise. The answer is YES!
These responses become additive when exercise is maintained throughout pregnancy. An increase in blood volume and flow means more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to you and your baby. Greater flow to your tissue, such as your skin, will help regulate body temperature. These are just a few examples.
In fact the circulatory status of a pregnant women is very similar to that of a training non-pregnant women during exercise. You are getting more bang for your buck when exercising during pregnancy because the physiological changes are additive.
To sum up our discussion:
- The benefits of exercise are numerous
- Certain physiological adaptations during pregnancy mimic those of women who exercise
- The combined benefits are additive when exercise is continued throughout pregnancy
- Yes we all should exercise before, during and after pregnancy.
Best of luck to you in your health and fitness.
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