5 Tips For A Fit Pregnancy

1. Plan ahead. If you’re trying to get pregnant, make sure you are at a healthy weight and are regularly exercising first so you can continue your regimen while pregnant. A lot of people will start working out after they get pregnant which is not recommended.

2. Stay on track. Try to weigh yourself weekly to make sure you are not gaining too much or too little. You can enter your weight and number of weeks pregnant into a pregnancy weight gain calculator to see what your target range should be.

3. Stay active. It can be tough to stay active when you are pregnant because building a tiny human is exhausting. But, the thing is you actually have more energy when you work out. One thing that kept me going was knowing that at some point I would have to stop or slow down, so I wanted to make sure I took advantage of being able to work out as much as possible while I still could before the end of the pregnancy. Although as it turned out, I worked out until the very end (37 weeks on November 4th)!

4. Load up on fruits and veggies. When I wasn’t pregnant, I would skip a meal if I had sugary or fattening foods to make up for the calories that I was consuming, but when you are pregnant, you need as many nutrients as possible. Try to add fruits and veggies wherever you can, even if you are not hungry. It will help give you energy, and make you feel better overall.

5. Relax. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of changes happening in your body and lifestyle. Try to keep stress at bay by meditating, doing yoga, getting massages, etc. Luckily for my wallet, one of my favorite ways to relax was to take my dogs for walks on the beach.

Butt Lifts with the Band

Bermuda Barre Pilates Butt Workout

Barre & Pilates With Liz Butt Lift Workout

You guys have been asking for exercises using resistance bands, so here is a great routine to lift the seat, slim the thighs, and tone the hamstrings for bikini season!

Resistance bands are great because they travel well, and you can use them for a variety of different Barre and Pilates exercises. Try doing this routine on its own, after a run, or after the Walk the Plank Ab Challenge in one of my previous posts.

Starting position: Start on all 4s, making sure your hands are in line with your shoulders, and knees are in line with your hips. Put the middle of the band around the heel of the right foot and hold on to the ends with your hands while pressing into the mat. Feel free to choke up on the band if you want more resistance.

1. Press through the heel of the right foot, and straighten the leg out behind you. Then, bring the leg back to starting position. That’s 1 rep. Try 15!

2. Keeping the right leg straight back behind you, lift the leg up towards the ceiling. Then, lower the leg all the way down to the ground. That’s 1 rep. Try 15. After that try tiny pulses at the top: Lower and lift for 30 pulses (up an inch and down and inch).

3. Bring the knee in towards your chest while scooping the belly in and up and rounding the spine. Then press through the heel, straighten the leg all the way back behind you, open the chest, and lengthen through the crown of the head. That’s 1 rep. Try 15!

Repeat the whole thing on the left leg, and let me know how you did on facebook, instagram, or twitter:

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DIY Barre Socks

DIY Barre Socks Barre Pilates With Liz Laing Bermuda

DIY Barre Socks Pilates With Liz Bermuda

Grippy barre socks are a must when taking classes at home or at a studio. Most barre studios have carpeting and require you to wear socks for sanitary reasons. They also help aid with balance, create traction, and promote circulation while you’re working out.
You can easily make these with your favorite type of sock at home. I painted anchors and palm trees, but you can simply add circles, polka dots, or lines to make it easier. Girls in my classes have done hearts, zig zags, and stars which were really cute!

Materials needed:
Socks
Puffy Fabric Paint (I ordered mine on Amazon, but you can also find it at Gibbons Home Store in Bermuda)

Instructions:
1. Wash the socks you’re going to use.
2. Add paint to the bottom of the socks. (I suggest practicing your drawing on paper towel first.)
3. Let the socks dry for a day or 2!

Viola!

Let me know if you make them by tagging me on instagram (instagram.com/pilateswithliz) or facebook (facebook.com/pilateswithliz)!

Tuesday Tips from a Fit Bermudian Abroad!

Bermuda Barre Pilates With Liz Laing Fitness Tips

Tuesday Tips from a fit Bermudian Abroad.

Hope everyone is getting geared up for bikini season, and warm summer nights! As the weather gets warmer, it gets harder to turn down BBQs, nights out, and family outings so it’s important now to keep a consistent workout routine that produces the best results for your body!

Today I wanted to share some fitness tips from one of my favorite barre & pilates girls who is currently travelling abroad. A few months ago, she left Bermuda to travel the world! I love having Meghan in my classes because she is so motivated, and connected with her body. She pays attention and makes adjustments with every cue to make the most out of every exercise and repetition.

Meghan’s tips for staying healthy while travelling:

Eating healthy and living healthy is super hard when travelling, I know. After Asia and South America, it’s impossible to escape all of the easy street foods, but simple things like walking everywhere and ensuring some veg and fruit everyday. Try to cut those sneaky travelling chocolates during bus rides and replace them with nuts or raisins. Sometimes even grocery shopping and making packed lunches for a few days will be cheaper then eating out. Being healthy isn’t about looking good, it’s that super energized hyper feeling you get when you wake up early, eat some yummy healthy fruit with a smoothie, go for a walk, and start your day on a good note. Drink tons of water. I always carry a water bottle on me! You’ll even see a difference in your skin when you change your eating habits. It glows!! It’s a domino effect – eat well, feel good, and look even better! Exercise is a huge part of well being as well, but it is hard to fit in especially if you’re in hostels and stuff, but it CAN be done! Go for an early walk, and work out on the beach. Or if you’re in a big city like me, work out in the park. Use benches, swings, monkey bars – all that fun stuff! Also a cheeky drink is good fun too, but when travelling, take 4 days to detox and you will feel like a new person. Moderation is key. You’ll also appreciate the more activities you can fit in not being hungover and feeling groggy!

Favorite Barre or Pilates Exercise:

I still do my barre arms in the morning. 🙂 Also, the simple breathing exercise from pilates… and the awkward side tricep pushup one which I found so hard!

Healthy Recipe:

Favorite recipe lately has been quinoa! Well that’s not a recipe, but I have it for breakfast as a healthy booster porridge with apples and coconut yogurt or dinner with veggies. But avocados have been my go to! Snack, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and dried cran and raisins for dessert with this amazing Australian brand passion fruit yogurt.

Connect with Meghan on Instagram for more motivation, or to just follow her amazing trip here: instagram.com/megmarksthemap. We can’t wait to have you back in Bermuda, Meghan!

Do you have any healthy recipes or tips to share? Let me know in the comments below, or on facebook! x