Physical Activity


Exercise is an important part of being healthy

During Pregnancy

  • Less chance of gestational diabetes
  • Less back pain
  • Shorter labor
  • Less chance of cesarean section
  • Quicker post-partum recovery
  • Easier weight control
  • Better overall feeling

For Children

  • Develop early, a habit of being physically active
  • Promote healthy growth
  • Control weight
  • Avoid laziness
  • Improve mental alertness

As a lifetime, prevention of:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

 

There are many types of safe, fun and inexpensive physical activities that you can do at home

1) Baby:

  • Peek-a-boo
  • Hide-and-seek
  • Pat-a-cake

 

 

2) Toddler:

  • Dance to music
  • Follow-the-leader
  • Hide-and-seek
  • Make believe

3) Preschooler:

  • Dance to music
  • Hopscotch
  • Leap frog
  • Hide-and-seek
  • Jump rope

4) Adults:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Dancing
  • Floor Exercises (side leg lifts, front leg lifts, stomach crunches (do not do these exercises after the first trimester), arm curls and arm lifts
  • Resistance training (you can use canned food, a bag of dry beans, a plastic jug full of sand or water)

 

* * * Please consult with your doctor before exercising * * *

 

 

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