Morning sickness? Check. Exhaustion? Check. Aches and pains everywhere? Check. Hitting the gym? No way.
Sound familiar? Finding the motivation to work out during pregnancy can be hard, but the benefits are well worth it. (Check out 33 Reasons to Exercise Now, if you’re not convinced.)
The solution: Make exercise fun with group classes that add variety to your routine—and actually make you look forward to pulling on a sports bra. Which classes get the preggo thumbs up? We spoke to the experts and got the rundown on the safest exercises for pregnancy, along with modifications that make them even more pregnancy-friendly.
Spinning and cycling classes get a major green light: Peddling is good for circulation, says Lisa Robins, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor based in Arizona. This, in turn, increases the amount of oxygen and nutrients your baby receives.
Make modifications: Set up the bike safely by lowering the handlebars to decrease the stress on your lower back. And avoid any jumps or movements that require leaving the saddle. If spinning classes are too intense or uncomfortable, try the recumbent bikes on the gym floor—they’re a less taxing workout.
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