Having a fast workout

I don't have much spare time so it's important to me that my gym workouts get the best outcome in the shortest time. I have done a lot of research into the more efficient gym routines and have been doing some comparisons on how effectively each routine builds muscle, burns calories and improves my blood pressure. This blog is my way of keeping a track of the different routines I have tried and showing how everybody responds differently to different workout regimes. I hope it will be useful for other people trying to get maximum effect in the minimum time.

5 Ways Pilates Will Help You Through Your Pregnancy

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Many women worry about attending Pilates classes when they are pregnant, but it's actually the perfect time to start attending. Of course, you should always consult your doctor and speak to the instructor before beginning a class since certain movements may not be beneficial, but these exercises really do present a number of benefits.

1. Low-Impact Exercise

If you're used to exercising, it can feel frustrated to have to give up during pregnancy. Unfortunately, most exercises, such as running, are quite high impact. Pilates classes, on the other hand, involve performing a set of controlled movements, usually using an exercise mat. They are still exercise, so you'll work up a light sweat, keep your muscles firm, and burn some calories, but they can usually be performed safely during pregnancy.

2. Strengthens Your Core

Pilates are excellent for conditioning your core muscles, which mainly consist of those around the stomach and lower back. Keeping these muscles firm can help during pregnancy since your body will be better able to cope with the additional weight that you are carrying. Your back and pelvis will be stabilised, reducing the likelihood of an injury occurring.

3. Strengthens Your Pelvic Floor

Pilates also strengthen your pelvic floor – a group of muscles that wrap around your vagina, anus, and urethra. These muscles support your bladder and your uterus, so keeping them firm during pregnancy is clearly going to be advantageous. Doing so can even prevent urine leaking out when you sneeze or cough.

4. Relieves Stress

It shouldn't come as news that pregnancy can be stressful. On top of all the general worries and bodily changes that come along with carrying a baby, you'll often find yourself stuck in the house with little to do. With that in mind, stress relief is extremely important, and Pilates represents an ideal way to combat it. You'll be able to relax, connect with your body, and enjoy the endorphins that come along with exercise.

5. Improves Balance

As your pregnancy advances, you're more and more likely to find yourself experiencing difficulties with balance. After all, a baby bump can get plenty heavy, and it isn't counterbalanced by weight on your back. Pilates is all about balance, so going to weekly classes can help you feel steadier on your feet.    

Pilates can keep your body strong, your feet on the ground, and your stress levels down – these classes are perfect when you're pregnant. Just consult your doctor to make sure it's fine for you, then let your instructor know of your situation before the pilates class begins.

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30 March 2016