Keeping fit during pregnancy means that I have to listen to my body, and be flexible during a workout (walking during a run?! It’s recently become a reality!). While I’m thankful I can still run at 33 weeks pregnant, I’ve started to realize that I can’t run as frequently as I’d like.
Most recently, I added swimming to my workout routine – and honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. Swimming is an easy way to build fitness, strength, and flexibility—without risking injury. The water provides enough resistance to maintain cardiovascular fitness, while the buoyancy of the water helps reduce the risk of injury (and with this belly, I’m extra buoyant). Swimming also improves circulation, increases muscle tone and strength, and builds endurance. If you swim, you’ll burn calories, feel less fatigued, sleep better, and cope better with pregnancy’s physical and emotional challenges (oh, I’m emotional).
While swimming is a sport that may come naturally (I’ve been casually swimming for 28 years), it’s important to stay safe in the water. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after the swim; and don’t push yourself too hard – if you need to catch your breath, take a few moments to pause and regroup. If possible, alternate between a variety of strokes, including freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke. For example, swim 10 laps of each stroke at different speeds, for a total of 30 laps. The varied speed will improve fitness and the variety of strokes will keep boredom at bay.
My good friend, BB, is a triathlete, mother, and one helluva swimmer; BB shares some of her favorite swim (pregnancy) workouts. Each workout can be modified based on your comfort level and fitness.
12×50 – 4x (1 swim, 2 kick)
3 or 4x(50 easy, 2×100 medium, 100 fast; 15 seconds between each thing)
6×150 – 2x (50 swim/100 kick, 100 swim/50 kick, 150 swim)100 easy free, 2×50 fast, 200 easy free, 4×50 fast, 300 easy free, 6×50 fast, 400 easy free, 8×50 fast
Swimming is my new favorite workout and helps keep me fit (and the baby safe). Do you swim during pregnancy?
What’s your favorite pregnancy workout?