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#1 of 8 Old 09-23-2004, 07:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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jazzercise, an aerobics type work out, is very convenient to my home. i've never done it before. i don't mind staying in the back and going at my own pace, not allowing myself to get too winded. my edd is 02/25/05.
anyone familiar with jazzercise and see any reason i shouldn't enroll in the classes as long as i take things at my own pace?
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I would think it would be ok, as long as you listened to your body, stayed well hydrated and increased your calories to make up for the added energy output. Also, it's important to watch your heart rate - you want to try to keep it below 120.

Really listen to your body. If anything feels painful or uncomfortable, stop. March in place or something else.

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I used to do Jazzercise, and it would be a GREAT pregnancy thing. The program always includes a low-impact option for every single step / exercise, and you regularly monitor your heartrate, etc. Lots of encouragement for staying hydrated, too. I miss it-- it was really fun, MUCH better than going to the gym.
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i've seen a variety of opinions on HR - so i'm a fan of just listening to your body - make sure you're drinking enough, not sweating up a storm, and not out of breath - you should be able to carry on a conversation while exercising. sometimes i can get my HR between 140-145 under these conditions, other times i get BH contractions if i'm going over 120 - depends on the day, and the stage of pregnancy i've been at.

if you do the low impact versions, and are willing to take a break at some points if things are too intense for you, you should be fine!

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I thought 140 is the max, did it change to 120 BPM now?
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I'm almost positive its still 140bpm...
sounds like fun!

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I used to do Jazzercise, and it would be a GREAT pregnancy thing. The program always includes a low-impact option for every single step / exercise, and you regularly monitor your heartrate, etc. Lots of encouragement for staying hydrated, too. I miss it-- it was really fun, MUCH better than going to the gym.
Jazzercise Instructor, here !!!

Yes, it is totally safe to Jazzercise throughout your pregnancy. I did the whole 9 months I was pregnant with my daughter Actually... I stopped teaching at 39 weeks, and didn't go into labor until week 41 : Guess I should've kept teaching.

Anyhow, we are trained/REQUIRED to show low impact options during each routine. It also would be helpful if you spoke with your instructor prior to class, to let her know that you are pregnant. She will probably keep a closer 'eye' on you.

But, as with any time that you begin a new exercise regimen, check with your OB/GYN. If you have been exercising BEFORE your pregnancy, continuing should not be a problem. IF YOU HAVE NOT EXERCISED in a while, I really encourage you to take it slow at first, and by ALL MEANS -- check with your doc.

Any more questions.... I'm here.

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the book my OB handed me from ACOG says this about heart rate:

"Heart rate. Extra weight also makes your body work harder than it did before you were pregnant. This is true even if you are working out at a slower pace. Intense exercise boosts oxygen and blood flow to the muscles and away from other parts of your body - such as your uterus. If you can't talk at a normal level during exercise, then you are working too hard. Slow down."

so that's why i'm not setting an arbitrary limit on my HR... but i do find that i am out of breath if i get to about 145, so i'm naturally comfortable under 140 anyway.

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