Physical fitness is of the utmost importance, a fact none would deny. But finding good exercise that is conducive to being pregnant? Trickier than one might imagine. Solution: water fitness.
For a couple months now I’ve been attending prenatal aqua aerobics and swimming laps afterward. I enjoy it immensely. I am not a particularly proficient swimmer, but I love the water. And my ever-expanding belly loves the weightlessness. And my reconstructed ACL loves the low-impact. And my heart, lungs, and muscles love being exercised. In other words, I really dig it.
Here’s some more reasons to dig swimming…
- It’s full-body exercise, employing all the major muscle groups.
- Because there’s no ground impact when you swim, your joints are protected from stress and strain.
- It improves endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness, and builds lean muscle mass.
- Because of the resistance of water, swimming is both aerobic and anaerobic (think lifting weights and running at the same time).
- It burns up to 650 calories per hour.
- Water adds 12 times the resistance of air, so as long as you’re moving, you’re working.