Best Bodyweight Isometric Exercises
If exercise is so good for my health, why hasn’t my physician ever mentioned it to me?
A recent study by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) suggests that most people would benefit from getting a physician’s advice about exercising. According to the study, 65% of patients said they would be more interested in exercising if their physicians suggested it. About 40% of physicians said they talk to their patients about exercise.
To encourage physicians and patients to talk more often about exercise and its benefits, the ACSM and the American Medical Association have launched the Exercise Is Medicine program. The program advises physicians to give more guidance to patients about exercise and suggests that everyone try to exercise at least five days each week.
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For more information on the program, visit www.exerciseismedicine.org.
Avoid activities involving extremes in barometric pressure, such as scuba diving and mountain climbing. Especially during the first trimester, drink plenty of fluids and exercise in well-ventilated areas to avoid heat stress.
Do three-five sets of 10 Kegel exercises daily. These exercises call for tightening the muscles of the pelvic floor for 5-15 seconds per repetition. Kegel exercises are thought to help prevent incontinence (involuntary loss of urine) and speed recovery after giving birth. After giving birth, resume prepregnancy exercise routines gradually, based on how you feel.
Warm up slowly and carefully. Increase intensity and duration of exercise gradually.
Cool down slowly, continuing very light exercise until the heart rate is below 100.
If you have physical disabilities or limitations and cannot meet the recommendation of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise, do as much exercise as you can.