Staying fit and having fun

I don’t know about you, but when the weather starts getting nicer and summer approaches, I begin to have a desire to be fit and healthier.  I think during the winter months I am usually on hibernation mode, but come summer I am ready to “wake up”.  I realize that this does not apply to everyone, but if you are anything like me and beginning to feel an urge to “do something”, here are a couple ideas to keep you active and having fun while pregnant.

One of the things I love to do greatly in the summer is Hula Hoop.  I have already written a post on Hooping for Fitness in Pregnancy, but I wanted to share a couple videos with you.  Hoop dance is something that is fairly easy to learn and can be done during pregnancy.  A lot of the moves that you use while pregnant are the same as when you are not pregnant, however they may be altered slightly and the hoop is actually off the body quite a bit.  It’s more than simply spinning the hoop around your waist, which can actually be quite challenging with a growing belly bump.  Whatever the case, check out these videos, and if you’re interested in trying it out then let me know, I happen to have a preggo hoop.  What’s a preggo hoop you ask?  Well, it’s essentially a hula hoop that is slightly bigger and a bit lighter.  Now, if you are an avid hooper then you can probably stick with the smaller hoop, but don’t use a weighted hoop.

This next video is of a pregnant mama from Sweden who is obviously very happy to be hooping at 7 months.  The hooper, Kerstin, has a website, Magical Play.

The great thing about hooping is that you can customize it completely to what you’re comfortable with.  So you can take it easy or go a bit harder, depending on how your body is feeling.

Another great way to stay fit and have fun while pregnant is dancing, specifically belly dancing.  Belly dancing has it’s roots in childbirth, as many of the moves were used originally during the birth process as women grouped together to support the birthing mother.  There are so many videos on youtube that I couldn’t even really find just one, so the one I have is of a woman talking about belly dancing and pregnancy.

If you look online there are several at home videos that can help you learn the techniques, or you can simply search youtube.  I don’t know belly dancing, but many of the moves seem similar to what you would do during hoop dance as well, except with no hoop. 🙂  This is a bonus because you can do it anywhere and need absolutely nothing to facilitate, be it at home, in the hospital, or just walking down the street.

Lastly, I cannot speak highly enough of prenatal yoga.  I know that yoga is commonly practiced nowadays basically everywhere, so I don’t suspect that you would have a problem finding a prenatal yoga class nearby.  Prenatal yoga helps prepare you for labour with visualization, breathing techniques, relaxation, humming and sound vibration techniques, and of course with the physical aspect as well.  And like the belly dancing, you can do yoga literally anywhere.

Well, that is it for now.  If you are pregnant and reading this, I hope you are enjoying the warming weather and can find ways to keep active without overheating. If you have any questions pertaining to fitness during pregnancy, please send me a message and I will do my best to answer them. And if I cannot then I will find someone who can.