Why Exercise is Important when Preparing for and During Pregnancy

Trying to conceive, falling pregnant and pregnancy itself can be a complicated and challenging journey. Making your physical wellbeing a priority could be more important than you realise. 

We know regular exercise is beneficial for reducing the risk of many chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease but it is also vital in preparing a woman’s body for conception and a smooth pregnancy journey. 

Exercise promotes stability, strength and mobility of the body

To allow the body to perform at its peak – movement is key. 

A strong and stable pelvis is crucial to transition smoothly through all stages of pregnancy. A customised and targeted Clinical Pilates program is the perfect way to achieve this. 

Incline Health’s Clinical Pilates programs are tailored, ensuring your body has the necessary tools to combat any new-mum challenge.


Exercise helps maintain weight

Excess weight places physical strain on the body and can upset hormonal balance. 

Exercise has a positive influence on insulin sensitisation, ovarian function and can improve clinical outcomes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). 

Incline Health’s Clinical Pilates programs offers you a safe way to maintain a healthy weight.


Exercise helps balance high levels of stress

Elevated, uncontrolled stress is associated with a number of health issues and risks. 

When we’re stressed and overwhelmed, it can feel challenging to find time to exercise. However, exercise is a great tool for combatting stress. Research consistently shows regular exercise reduces cortisol – the stress hormone – levels. 

Lowering cortisol levels with exercise before entering a stressful situation will do wonders for your ability to cope.  

Incline Health’s Clinical Pilates’ emphasis on breathing technique and mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety. 


Exercise can combat poor sleep

A readily-available, non-pharmacological therapy to poor sleep, without side effects is regular exercise. 

Recent trials confirmed exercise reduces insomnia severity, and improves ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and overall sleep quality. 

Incline Health’s Clinical Pilates can help reduce inner tension, anxiety, depression, muscle spasm, neck and back pain and high blood pressure – which can contribute to poor sleep.

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