Forty Weeks of Fitness | With Chelsea
Resistance training involves placing additional weight on the body in order to maintain or increase muscular function and strength. This additional weight may be the result of using your body's own weight, gravity, an elastic tube, hand weights or machines. The benefits of resistance training for women include increased muscular strength and endurance, lean muscle tissue (helps maintain an efficient metabolism), and bone density. Now what does all of this really mean to you? Increased muscular strength and endurance will allow you to perform daily tasks, from lifting your suitcase into the overhead bin of an airplane to carrying your newborn around town in a car seat. Your strong muscles will empower you to move freely without being dependent on someone else. Oh, and have you thought about how great it will make you look? Increasing your lean muscle mass will give your body a more toned and sculpted appearance. Does osteoporosis run in your family? Beat genetics by adding resistance training as part of your weekly workout routine. Exerting extra pressure on your bones creates micro tears; when the body repairs these tears, the density of your bones increase. Look better, feel great!
Speak to your doctor about your desire to stay active during your pregnancy and listen to his/her advice and recommendations.
Wear appropriate shoes and clothing (layers work great to avoid overheating).
Monitor your breathing rate and adjust your intensity accordingly.
Take frequent water breaks to stay hydrated.
Stop exercising immediately if you feel dizzy, faint or experience heart palpitations.
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