Exercise may boost mood during pregnancy – but up to 75% of pregnant women are inactive

8 Aug

AFP RELAXNEWS Comment Jjustas/Shutterstock.com A new study finds that moms-to-be who exercise may experience more energy and better moods than those who don’t. Related Stories Miss. law calls for DNA tests on umbilical cord blood collected from some teen moms For moms-to-be, a new study finds that exercise throughout your pregnancy can improve your mood and boost your energy levels. Researchers from the University of Western Ontario examined whether a four-week intervention of exercise would boost the psychological well-being of 56 previously inactive pregnant women. The subjects were on average 22.5 weeks pregnant, and they exercised for 30 minutes about four times a week. Findings showed “significant improvements” in the moods of the women, as well as reduced levels of fatigue.
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8 Ways to Energize Your Exercise Routine

Each month write down your stats. For example: (1) completed a two-mile run in 18 minutes, or (2) bench-pressed 150 lbs x 10. Soon you will see your two-mile run is being accomplished in 17 minutes. This written record is a testament to your persistence and commitment. It is also a great encourager to keep you motivated. 8.
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You can have too much of a good thing..exercise!

I knew then that I was working out too much and the physical impact (fatigue) was more than what I could bear. Since then, I have been concerned about avid marathon runners and triathletes who train intensely for competition. Now there are studies which confirm that long-term, high intensity physical activity could raise the risk for heart arrhythmias (potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythms). Endurance athletes, such as marathon runners and long-distance high intensity cross country skiers are examples of at-risk individuals for heart arrhythmias and sudden death. Due to their physically high levels of exercise, these athletes may be at risk for atrial fibrillation (fast, irregular heart beat) and bradyarrythmias (very slow, irregular heart rates). Arrhythmias prevent the heart from effectively delivering blood to the body and may cause decreased blood flow to the brain. Loss of blood to the brain for any period of time is potentially deadly.
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Exercise no help against hot flashes: study

For a maximum, injury-free workout, rest at least 24 hours after a heavy muscle strain. Stagger workouts between heavy and light strain. For example, alternate a weight training routine with biking. Stretch the muscles.
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Sports and exercise safety

Participants used daily diaries to track the number and intensity of their hot flashes. They also answered questionnaires about sleep quality and depression. Initially, women in both groups experienced an average of between seven and eight hot flashes per day. At the end of the 12 weeks, they saw that drop to between five and six, with no significant difference between the groups.
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