Yesterday I took my first indoor cycling class in weeks. Before class started, the instructor, who knew I was new to the studio, asked me if I was new to spinning in general. I said I wasn’t, but that I hadn’t been doing it that much since my baby was born 10 months ago. The chick next to me overheard and started asking questions. She’s getting married and thinking about a baby and looking for reassurance that her fitness life doesn’t have to end during pregnancy and beyond. I started telling her all the ways that spin nearly single handedly got me through my pregnancy. So… I thought, why not tell all of you too!
As always, make sure you check with your doctor before any exercise before and during pregnancy. Often, there were three or four pregnant women in my spin class, so it’s a pretty common occurrence. Here’s why I think indoor cycling (also referred to as spinning) is the best workout during pregnancy:
- It’s low impact. As a runner, I didn’t totally feel comfortable with all the bouncing around when pregnant. Even when you are standing on the bike, it’s a workout that is easy on your joints and ligaments. Just take it easy during “jumps” if you need to.
- You can go at your own pace. While finding an instructor you like is crucial to enjoying spin classes, the beauty of spin is that you can customize your own class – from resistance to RPMs – using the instructor as a motivational asset.
- You can do it during your entire pregnancy. I did spin classes from before I got those two bright pink lines until about two weeks before I popped. I would have kept going, but the nice weather was calling me for some long, slow waddles.
- People will think you are a badass. Even if I was putting in half the effort as my non-pregnant pals, I relished in the funny stares people would give me at spin class late in my pregnancy. It made me believe it too!
Obviously, there are many different classes and activities that you can do throughout your pregnancy to maintain fitness and be healthy. For me, spinning was a way to preserve some of the high cardio that I missed from running in a safe, controlled and low impact environment. Happy spinning!