Benefits: Inspired by ballet, Barre workouts emphasize low-impact movements that build up stamina. Modifications can be done to make the workout apt during pregnancy to help maintain a healthy weight. Since the workouts can increase the heartrate, it is a great way to build up endurance. Labor and delivery can be quite strenuous, so having a reservoir of energy definitely helps.
Work out at home: Start in a kneeling position with the knees about six inches apart. With a weight on each hand, lift both arms forward to shoulder height. Lower the hands slowly. Lift the left arm forward again while the right hand lifts to the side, forming an L shape. Repeat the lift with both arms facing forward. Then lift the right hand forward while the left hand moves to the side.
Before starting on any exercise routine, an important caveat: make sure it’s safe. Some medical conditions, such as placenta previa, can make it risky for women to exercise while pregnant. Women should first clear their plans for physical activity with their doctor as well as inform the instructor of their pregnancy.
Angela Perez-Rubio Palanca, a certified pre-and post-natal exercise specialist by the American Fitness Professionals and Associates, also cautions against working out too much. “Limit fitness intensity to moderate. When you can no longer carry a conversation, you know you are pushing too hard.”
When done properly, health and fitness is an investment to having a more comfortable pregnancy. Even simple routines such as walking around the neighborhood or doing a few stretches at home can go a long way into creating an experience where pregnancy means energy up and body strong.
Yoga and Pilates classes are offered at Gold’s Gym branches. Gold’s Gym has 32 locations all over the Philippines.