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.

Beach Barre Workout 2: Sculpted Arms & Standing Abs

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Awesome job everyone for keeping up with your workouts! I love all the check-ins from you guys, so please keep it up!

The second video from your Beach Barre Workout is up on YouTube for you to do tonight after work! No equipment is needed at all for this workout, so no excuses! The arm routine is so fun, and such a great workout for toning the little accessory muscles to tighten up the arms. The standing abs routine is really popular because not only is it fun to do because you feel like you’re dancing, but it is great at flattening the abs rather than creating puffy 6 pack abs! Then, there’s a surprise exercise at the end! 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0duTR0TO9k&sns=em

Try this right after the Toned Legs & Lifted Seat video. If the very last video in the series (mat work) is uploaded by tonight, end your workout with that. Otherwise, do the Greek Sunrise Abs in the last post, then the Bermudian Butt Lifts a few posts back, and stretch!

Try it, and let me know how you did:
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Good luck!
xo

Beach Barre Workout for Toned Legs & Lifted Seat on Youtube!

YouTube Workout for toned legs, and a lifted seat!

YouTube Workout for toned legs, and a lifted seat!

Hope you are all keeping up with your workouts while I am away! My trip so far has been great. I’ve been reading a great ballet book to learn new exercises and technical terms. Doing the workouts every morning on my patio overlooking the ocean while I’ve been in Greece has been so fun, and meditational. I am SO sore, but I am feeling long and graceful! I am excited to be able to use the exercises in my classes when I get back to Bermuda.

In the meantime, I was finally able to upload the first video of the YouTube Beach Barre Workout Series filmed on beautiful Grape Bay Beach! This workout is one of the basic routines I use in rotation in my classes. My clients love this routine because it really targets the glutes, inner and outer thighs, and hamstrings without bulking up the legs. Grab a chair, and try this killer workout this morning before work, or after work this evening: http://youtu.be/R9heIJ5JFg0

If you need some motivational tunes, try downloading some new songs from my playlist here: https://lizlaingpilates.com/2014/06/26/mayjune-2014-barre-pilates-playlist/. Also, check out the new hotel workouts I posted from my hotel in Vienna, Austria on the blog: https://lizlaingpilates.com/category/workouts/ You could pair those workouts with the Beach Barre workout, or you can try one of the barre and pilates workouts on my pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pilateswithliz/workouts/

Thank you so much again to Jill Underhill, Anastasia Slater, Liz Madeiros, Sarah Wight, Erin Marini, and Kellum Wilson who were able to push through such a tough workout in the sand without the help of mirrors or music! And, thank you to my friend and videographer Lara Smith for doing such a great job putting it all together!

If you’re interested in seeing pictures from my trip so far, check out my instagram or tumblr: instagram.com/pilateswithliz or pilateswithliz.tumblr.com

Make sure you check in with me, and let me know how you did on facebook, instagram, or twitter!

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Have a great workout, and look out for a Greek sunset Pilates ab workout tonight or tomorrow!

xo