Want to keep your pregnancy fitness program simple, yet effective? Just slip on your walking shoes. Walking during pregnancy is a great way to stay active and improve how you feel. Whether you're into yoga, swimming, low-impact exercises, or sitting on the couch, walking is a fitness staple that even the least motivated can adopt.
Benefits of Walking
Walking is a great cardiovascular exercise during pregnancy because you can reap the benefits of a safe cardio workout without jarring knees, hips, and ankles. It's an excellent way to tone muscles, get fresh air, keep your body regular, and help you sleep soundly at night. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology says you can safely engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate activity during pregnancy.
Starting a Walking Program
Looking for some advice on how to begin a schedule and stick to it? If you're already an avid walker, keep up your program. If you're a beginner, start making walking a habit! Walk 20-30 minutes a day three days a week and work up to 30 - 60 minutes four to five days a week. The best way to build up to longer times is to simply add 5 minutes onto your walk each day until you reach your goal. You can maintain your program all the way through the third trimester as long as it is comfortable.