Hiking is a great way to improve your strength and cardiovascular health during pregnancy. Plus, it works wonders on your mood (look at that view!). Just ask Stacy Keibler, our June/July cover star, who told us that exploring the great outdoors is one of her favorite workouts!
But when you’re doing it for two, hiking does take some special considerations. So before you hit the trails, check out these tips for a better, safer hike.
As a certified pre/post-natal exercise specialist, the brains and talent behind a best-selling prenatal workout DVD, and one of SHAPE’s Hottest Female Trainers in America, Sara Haley knows a thing or two about working out while preggo. But as she’s learning while carrying her second baby, no two pregnancies are the same.
Sit on an exercise ball to practice strengthening your deep core muscles. If you don’t have an exercise ball, try this exercise sitting on a softer surface such as a couch or pillow on the ground. Be sure you are able to sit up straight.
1. Sitting tall on an exercise ball, let your pelvic floor relax into the ball. A ball works great because it’s rounded and you can feel the ball against your pelvic floor when relaxed.
When it comes to preparing your body for baby, there are two very important groups of muscles you should focus on: your pelvic floor muscles and your transverse abdominal (TA) muscles, both of which comprise your deep core muscles.
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Pregnancy may be an excuse to pamper yourself, but it's no reason to sit on the couch. (Don't believe us? Check out the 18 Bazillion Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy.)