Pregnancy Fitness Programs Brooklyn NY
Fitness and Special Populations: Exercise and Pregnancy - 5 Easy Pieces
Today there seems to be an endless array of fitness programs and equipment for persons to use to enhance fitness. However, the emerging component of exercise and fitness program is health enhancement.
In pregnancy, every task performed during the day may have some impact on gestation, such as work hours, laying in the sun, drinking alcohol, etc. So the concept of exercise should be taken out of the realm of performance or aesthetics, and should be part of the pregnant women's health regime throughout pregnancy.
Since many types of equipment are not applicable to pregnancy, it has been historically difficult for pregnant women to perform machine exercises such as biking, rowing, and cross-country skiing without modifying the machines. Recently, there have been some advancements in the fitness community that may benefit pregnant women who wish to continue to perform exercise programs throughout their pregnancies.
The first area of enhancement is in aerobic machines. A few years ago a research study was performed on different types of aerobic machines to find out which ones may be safe to use throughout pregnancy, particularly ones that did not cause any unnecessary uterine contractions. Of all the machines tested, the upper body ergometer, or UBE performed the best. It is thought that the UBE, because it is used with the arms, tends not to disturb the fetus as much as exercise performed with the lower aspect of the body. Jarring, rhythmic movement of the legs, bouncing, etc. all cause some type of stress to the body overall. Movement of the arms in a seated position may be able to produce an aerobic effect without as much overall body stress. Since there was no discernable uterine contractions, and no effect on fetal heart rate, it is thought that the blood supply to the fetus was not disturbed much during the exercise itself.
Upper body aerobic exercise may play an important role in getting larger numbers of pregnant women to continue, or even begin an exercise program safely during their pregnancies.
The second area of interest is the buoyancy flotation devise known as the Aqua-JoggerTM. The Aqua Jogger is a semi-floatation belt worn around the waist and used in the deep end of a pool. When using the belt, the exerciser is able to "jog" around the deep end at any given pace, or heart rate, while keeping the head and shoulders out of the water.
The beauty of the Aqua Jogger is that you do not have to be a swimmer to use the belt. Exercise has been touted as the perfect exercise for pregnant women, because it places virtually no stress on joints, it tones muscles though progressive resistance exercise, provides an aerobic component, and cools the body while performing exercise. The only drawback was that if the exerciser did not know how to swim, then they would not choose swimming as their main form of exercise. With the Aqua Jogger, that element has been eliminated.
The cost of the jogger is around $50, so it ma...