Which classes are suitable during pregnancy?

Which classes are suitable during pregnancy?

We’re often asked which of our classes are suitable through pregnancy. Well, good news! Pretty much all of our classes can be adapted to accommodate you through this special time in your life.

A note on exercising while pregnant
When it comes to exercising during pregnancy, the general consensus is that any form of exercise you’ve been doing prior to pregnancy (with some exceptions for things like contact or high-risk activities) is okay to continue. And if you haven’t been exercising prior to pregnancy? It’s still better to get moving as regular physical activity has been shown to have health benefits and can help to prepare the body for childbirth. The trick here is to start small and build up slowly to ensure you don’t overdo it.

Which classes can you do?
The classes at Grounded that are suitable during pregnancy, whether you’ve been doing them beforehand or not, include:
• Strength
• Reformer Pilates
• Mat Pilates
• Yoga
• Yin yoga
• Barre
• Boxing
• Functional fit (we would only recommend this if you’ve been doing it prior to falling pregnant)

What do you need to know about attending Grounded classes during pregnancy?
The most important thing is to advise your instructor that you are pregnant prior to the class commencing. It’s a good idea to tell them how far along you are as well since some things will need to be modified at different stages in the pregnancy.

For example, after 16 weeks it’s advisable not to lie flat on your back as the weight of your bump can compress some key blood vessels which can reduce blood flow to your baby and make you feel faint. Your instructor will adapt according to your needs but also make sure you take things at your own pace and ensure you don’t get too hot. Overheating during pregnancy can be problematic to your baby so keep your intensity moderate and water on hand.

Remember too to listen to your body. What felt good prior to pregnancy might not feel the same for you now. It’s not a time to push too hard or challenge yourself.

How often should you exercise during pregnancy?
In an ideal world, include some form of movement every day throughout your pregnancy. This doesn’t have to mean an exercise class each day—anything from a gentle walk to some at-home stretching counts. That said, 1-2 Pilates classes, 1-2 yoga sessions and a strength-based class each week would be perfect to keep you fit and healthy through your pregnancy and beyond.

Got more questions? We’re happy to help. Connect with someone from our team today and we can guide you as to the best way to approach your movement options at Grounded through your pregnancy.

Why you shouldn’t start the year with ‘new year, new you’

Why you shouldn’t start the year with “new year, new you”

New year, new you. It’s a pretty catchy catchphrase. But what does it actually mean? And does it really work for you?

The whole “new year, new you” thing is about transformations. Carried on the back of the New Year’s Resolutions train, we’re encouraged to start the new year fresh—converting ourselves into a brand new person with a bunch of new healthier habits. Some people thrive on this kind of thing but many others find that they start out great and slowly, as the year unfolds, their good intentions begin unravel.

The thing about “new year, new you” is that it’s very unlikely your life has changed all that much. You still have the same job, the same family, the same commitments. So trying to reinvent yourself is going to be entirely unsustainable. Even worse, once your new habits begin to fall by the wayside, you’ll probably start to judge yourself harshly and give yourself a hard time about not having enough willpower to keep them going. This then turns into you giving up entirely and going back to what feels comfortable—until the whole vicious cycle repeats itself at the beginning of the year.

Sound familiar?

If it does, we encourage you to step away from any “new year, new you” intentions or unrealistic New Year’s Resolutions. That’s not to say that you can’t use the new year as a motivating force to drive you into action but be realistic about what is achievable for you and, most importantly, get specific.

If you do want to get healthier, think about what that might actually look like for you. Does it mean making healthier food choices for better nourishment or having more of an exercise routine? Does it mean prioritising your sleep because you know you don’t get enough currently?

You might have a few health goals that you want to achieve. If this is the case, break them down and introduce them one at a time. Only add another one when the last one feels like it’s become an easy part of your daily/weekly routine.

You can even break it down further to make it more achievable. For example, if you want to commit to an exercise routine because this is something that fell away for you as the year unfolded, instead of throwing yourself in every day for the first few weeks, decide to add one class a week. Once that becomes manageable, add another one. There are plenty of classes in our new 2020 timetable for you to choose from so there’s bound to be something that works for you.

Make 2020 the year that you forget about complete transformations and sustain your healthy intentions by introducing them slowly. After all, you’re pretty awesome already and an entire overhaul probably isn’t necessary anyway.