Unfortunately, these two words are associated all too often in women’s minds in regard to fitness. There are a lot of different ways that fear can rear its ugly head and I want to address some of those today.
1. Exercise Fear – or “gymtimidation”. If you’re new to fitness or have been out of the gym for awhile, it can be a little bit scary getting into it. You may be unsure of where to start, what exercises to do or equipment to use. You don’t know if you should go in and do your own workout or join a class. There are lots of unknowns which can lead to a fear of doing something “wrong”.
**This is where I come in! A perinatal fitness coach can help guide you, either in person or remotely, through your fitness during pregnancy and postpartum.
2. Body Image Fear – new moms often struggle with how their bodies look. You might feel insecure about exercising because you don’t look like you used to or maybe you can’t do the kinds of workouts you used to do because of the changes that have occurred in your body. Weight and aesthetics can play a huge part in the fears that surround your fitness aspirations.
**This is all about mindset. You have to move past the thoughts about your body pre-baby. It’s not the same! You need to give yourself grace for where you are at and give yourself time to heal and progressively build strength.
3. Baby Fear – many pregnant moms are concerned that exercise will harm their babies. Well-meaning spouses and parents will encourage you to just sit back and do nothing for the entirety of your pregnancy because they also think exercise might harm the baby.
**Research has proven that exercise is good for baby! In fact, it’s impact can last for years~
4. Health Fear – hand in hand with concerns about the health of the baby, you can also be concerned for your own health as the mom when exercising during the perinatal period.
**While there can be some health issues that are contraindications for fitness during pregnancy and postpartum, most women will find huge benefits from exercise during the perinatal period, both physically and mentally!Unfortunately, these two words are associated all too often in women’s minds in regard to fitness. There are a lot of different ways that fear can rear its ugly head and I want to address some of those today.
Don't let fear hold you back from getting into a good, healthy fitness routine!