Gym Rat x2

I’ve made it back to the gym and I have to say that it’s changing my life. I learned through a prenatal specialist that cardio at least three times a week helps strengthen, enlarge and tone your placenta with increased blood flow. You gain an additional 50% of your total blood volume in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, that’s about 9 pounds of blood, and cardio will oxygenate this blood. It’s not just good for you, it’s great for your baby-to-be (even if you are not pregnant yet!). Mom’s who work out (that’s fitness walking , swimming or whatever your Dr. advises) often have babies with less fetal distress and lung capacity issues. So while you are eating and sleeping for two, you are working out for two as well!

I work as a Design Director for a global fitness apparel brand. I am by no means a Doctor. But I do spend a lot of time studying the physiology of the human body and it’s response to aerobic and anaerobic activity. Believe me, every little bit helps!

So if you are on the fence about getting to the gym, take a nice power walk out in the fresh spring air. Try to get to the point where it’s slightly hard to talk, but you could talk if you wanted to. Slow down if you get winded, and go for at least 20-30 minutes with an additional warm up and cool down. I swear it will make up for all the margaritas you are missing, and the trip on the rollercoaster you are not allowed to take. You will soon feel divine!!!

I’m thinking of taking up belly dancing next. I have always dreamed of this, but was too timid. Right now I feel more “woman” than I have in a long time, so why not celebrate it? It might be fun to don a few veils and shimmy to the drum.

Wishing you joy!


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