Performing HIIT Workouts During Pregnancy

Exercising while being pregnant can be advantageous to both the mother and the baby.  The HITT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts don’t have to be gotten rid of when you’re pregnant.  If you were doing the HITT workouts and metabolic conditioning before you were pregnant, then it is still possible to continue the routine but at a slightly altered intensity. To perform HITT workouts whilst being pregnant, you have to save the HITT workout for the second and third trimester. Observe the manner in which your body feels during the workouts and then modify the workouts to suit your pregnancy. Stay well hydrated and calm and always try to workout in the correct form.

Try bodyweight squats

A bodyweight squat is one of the best HIIT exercises that you can include in your workout routine. To do a squat, stand with your feet hip-width away from each other. Tense up your core and tense your chest as you bring yourself down.  As you bring yourself down, be sure to push your hips back while keeping your chest high. Stand back up as you squash your glutes.

Perform dumbbell chest presses

Take a seat on a reclined bench so that you are at an angle. The dumbbells should be on your thighs to start with, palms opposite each other. Hold them in front of your body, shoulder-width away from each other. Then, in a gradual movement, lower the weight down on your chest, retaining the weights at shoulder distance across. Have your elbow bent at a 90 degree angle.

Do inverted rows

You can perform the inverted rows with rings or a bar. The rings or bar should be around waist height. If you have an admission to any bar, you can perform an inverted row on it even if you can’t alter the height. Begin by putting your hands wide on the bar, broader than your shoulders. You should be inclined at an angle under the bar with your feet confidently on the floor. Be sure that your body and arms are straight.

Try a sumo dead-lift

Use a dumbbell or a kettlebell for this exercise. Put it on floor. Stand with your feet in a wide stance. Your feet should be broader than your hips. Curve your knees as you shove your hips back till you are almost parallel. Your back should be straight and your chest and head should be pointing upwards. Grab the dumbbells or hold the kettlebell between your feet and do this move 10 to 15 times.

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