I have a friend who is due the same time as Princess Kate, and she is wondering why Kate looks so darn good. I’ve found that sometimes the best way to stay looking normal—except for that baby bump—is to work out! Kate is athletic and keeps a fit figure in her normal daily routine, so she likely works out with her royal baby bump, too.
If labor is a marathon, why would you stop training nine months before? There’s no need to stop your workouts if you’ve been active up until conception. While pregnancy isn’t the time to start a new or more challenging fitness routine, it can be a time to continue your healthy behavior, even if you must cut back a little. When I was pregnant, my routine helped boost my mood, feel less like an invalid, and keep my arms, legs, back and chin from doubling. I cut my workout routine down from intense multitasking toning and cardio plyometric intervals to isolating arm and leg toning, and I reduced my weights from 15 pounds to 10 pounds. Additionally, it’s wise to do easier cardio for longer periods of time and keep balance in mind. If you’re like me, you should be able to work out until the delivery day of your little prince or princess!
Start by checking with your doctor to see if what workout routines are safe for you during your pregnancy. Once cleared, do a warm-up and one set of each of these moves. You can change the size of weight and number of reps for each set if you crave more variety. After each set, stretch and go on to the second move for each muscle group. You’ll need sneakers and free weights, but you can leave the crown in the nursery.
Royal Pregnancy Baby Bootie Camp Workout
Move 1: Triceps Kickbacks. Bend over at the hips with knees slightly bent and back straight. With a 5-pound weight in each hand, bend the elbows and lift the elbows next to your rib cage Straighten your elbows to kick the hands and weights back near your hips. Repeat 20 times.
Move 2: Biceps Hammer Curls. Stand up with 10-pound weights in each hand, palms facing in towards the center line of the body. Bend the elbows to curl the weights up toward your shoulders. Lower back down for one rep. Repeat 20 times.