Stamina, goals and effort level
Your stamina is affected by many different things; which week you are in, if you’ve eaten enough and received the right nutrients, how well you are sleeping, your stress levels at work, whether or not this is your first pregnancy, and many other things. All of these things have to affect your goals for a workout. Only you can decide what your goal is with the workout – and in extension, why you exercise during your pregnancy. It could be about getting a delivery which is as free from complications as possible, being able to sleep better, getting stronger, keeping a stable blood pressure or just about feeling better. There are as many different goals as there are individuals and you are the only one who has the answer. Take a few minutes and think about your general health state, then set a goal for yourself. Once you have reflected on your stamina and decided on your goals, you can determine the effort level. Training can be divided into three different effort levels: low intensity training, comfort zone training and high intensity training.
Think about these aspects before each workout, during a pregnancy it is more important than ever to listen to your body and its needs. Research shows that pregnant women should exercise and be physically active to help facilitate a more problem free pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Give your body what it needs, no matter what type of exercise that is. If you’re feeling good, having fun and your body is working well during exercise, then that is probably exactly what your body needs. Remember – Motion is lotion.