With the new year well under way, gyms around the country are filling up as people everywhere up the anti in their fitness regime.
But you don't have to head to the gym to get in some exercise.
There is nothing quite like a dip in the local pool to help you feel refreshed and relaxed, but did you know there are numerous health benefits to a quick swim, especially when you are expecting?
All it takes are a few laps of the pool for 30 minutes, three or four times a week to feel the benefits.
It can help reduce blood pressure
If you are suffering from high blood pressure, being in shoulder-deep water and regularly taking a dip can help to lower it. This is because your circulation is increased and swelling is reduced.
Supports your ligaments and joints
While it is important to exercise during pregnancy, the last thing you want to do is put pressure on your already strained ligaments and joints. However, the water provides support to your entire body and as it is low-impact you are unlikely to hurt yourself during a quick swim.
Helps to reduce stress
The body produces the stress relieving hormone cortisol when you exercise and the weightlessness experienced in the pool can help you feel relaxed and comfortable.
Helps you maintain a balanced weight
It is important you don’t gain excess weight during pregnancy as it can put you at greater risk of complications during childbirth. While there are numerous exercises you can do to help maintain a healthy weight, swimming is low-impact sport that won’t put extra strain on your legs or back.
Helps you stay fit and healthy fit
Swimming is a great way to get into the habit of exercising, especially if you weren’t fond of working out before you conceived. It works out the whole body without applying pressure to any specific areas making it safe for both you and baby.
Can help you feel more comfortable
Swimming gives you a feeling of weightlessness and helps to relieve any aches and pains that you are sure to experience when approaching your final trimester. It can ease pressures on your knees and legs and is a great way to reduce any back pain that you might be experiencing.
Can help you sleep
Exercise is a great way to help you nod off at night and if you are struggling to sleep a quick swim can do wonders.