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 Exercise for Good Health

Exercise for Good Health

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Whether you are planning to get pregnant or not, regular exercise is important for maintaining good health. A healthy lifestyle before pregnancy can lead to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

You need to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, bicycling and gardening for 5 or more days a week.

Avoid engaging in vigorous activities as these have been associated with reduced fertility. Some examples of vigorous activities include running, jogging, cycling, heavy weight lifting.

How can Regular Exercise Help you?

Regular exercise can help you:

Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Check your body mass index (BMI) to know if you are at a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy
weight before pregnancy can help you lower your risk of serious complications during pregnancy, such as high blood pressure or diabetes|
and preterm labour.
Sleep better, improve your mood and keep yourself active throughout the day.

Examples of Exercises That You Can Try

Good exercise does not require a trip to the gym. You can do that even at home. Some of the exercises that you can try are:

Aerobic exercises, such as walking, or light dancing, etc.
Strength-training activities such as push-ups, sit-ups, weight lifting (not too heavy) help build muscles by improving their strength and ability. Aim for strengthening activities for at least 2 days a week. Try to do 8–10 different activities in each session that focus on different muscle groups in your body.
Stretching activities such as yoga, pilates, etc. can improve your flexibility and movement.

Finally, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If your exercise lasts for longer than 30 minutes, drink water in between exercise. Moreover, eat a well-balanced diet and include lots of carbohydrate-containing foods in your diet, such as rice, sweet potato, etc., as they are the fuel that gives power to your exercise regime.

To stay motivated, while exercising, only pick activities which you like such as dancing or walking. Ask your husband or a friend to accompany you.

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