Benefits of Exercise

9 Jun

We all know that exercise is good for you. But, for those days when it is hard to take the 30 minutes or so to exercise, here is a list of some of the benefits of exercise that keep me motivated.

  • Look great now and gain less weight during pregnancy – it seems like a shallow reason, but this is the day-to-day reason that keeps me going. Many other benefits of exercise are long-term and can be hard to use to stay motivated.
  • Improve your mood – exercise is a great stress reducer, so on those stressful days when you feel too tense to exercise – do it and you’ll feel less tense. This relaxation can also help you get to sleep more easily at night.
  • Increase your energy – this is a great day-to-day reason and is also a great pregnancy-planning reason. We will all need that extra energy once we are pregnant and after we’ve given birth.
  • Combat chronic disease – heart disease, osteoperosis, high cholesterol – the risks of all of these chronic conditions can be reduced by regular exercise.
  • Reduces pregnancy discomfort (once the preggers plan comes to fruition!) – exercise can help to reduce back pain by strengthening muscles. It also reduces constipation and nausea.
  • Reduces the risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension and preeclampsia.
  • Shorter, easier labor – stronger muscles, greater stamina and better focus – all leading to an easier labor. Additionally, there is a lower chance of requiring intervention during labor.
  • Lose the baby weight faster – exercising before pregnancy helps you get your pre-baby body back faster in two ways. First, the muscles you build burn more calories than fat would burn. Second, you establish an exercise routine, making it easier to continue to exercise after the baby is born.
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