Pregnancy Exercises

Prenatal Exercise during Pregnancy

Last updated on 18 Feb, 2019

In recent years, there has been a rise in awareness and understanding of Prenatal exercises. The widespread acceptance of prenatal yoga among pregnant women in India has helped them avail the multiple benefits of exercises during pregnancy.

“I started attending the prenatal classes during my 5th month of pregnancy and they have been tremendously helpful. Dr Anuradha has been exceptionally brilliant in conducting all the prenatal exercise and education sessions, clearing all my doubts, anxieties and helping me out through the pregnancy stress, pain and difficult situations in this phase,” says Mrs Jasleen Parmar. She is one of the many pregnant women who have benefitted from prenatal exercises program at ReLiva.

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Exercises for Back Pain

Exercises for Back Pain

75% of the Indian population reported lifetime prevalence of lower back pain (LBP), as per a study in 2009. Despite such a high coincidence of back pain across Indian populations,  a typical response to back pain is to take it easy: either staying in bed or at least stopping any strenuous activity — resting for more than a day or two can actually undermine healing and worsen pain.

“My back used to hurt all the time and now I don't feel it anymore" is a phrase we hear a lot from people who seek Exercise prescription from us at ReLiva physiotherapy clinics, consistently. So what is it about “Exercise as Medicine” that works so well for back pain relief?

Can I do exercises with lower back pain?

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7 Ways to keep your kids active : Physical Activity for Children

Don’t let summer break become Obesity break. Here are 7 fun ways to maintain your child’s health habits during this summer vacation. All of these ideas are designed to encourage your kids to learn what you already know: Active is healthy. Exercise is good for you. Eating clean tastes good and feels great. And summer is tons of fun.

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COPD Lung problem

Coughing Hard: Finding Relief for COPD

Coughing Hard?

Finding relief from COPD

Winters are on their way and we are sure you must be waiting for those mornings under your cozy quilts. But these winters are also responsible for aggravation of many pulmonary conditions like asthma, bronchitis, emphysema etc. So let's understand the big umbrella  comprising of these lung conditions.

Do you feel breathless with the change in temperature? Many people mistake their breathlessness & coughing as a part of normal ageing. It's detrimental to take notice of long standing symptoms of cough & breathlessness. These could be the symptoms of progressive lung diseases which fall under the broad category of COPD i.e Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases.

Cigarette smoking is far away the leading cause of COPD. It may also be caused by inhaling pollutants & is common in workers working in industries leading to secondary inhalation of fumes. At times COPD can also be genetic.

Attending your symptoms on time & visiting a good Chest Physician/ Pulmonologist will help you diagnose the condition & take the necessary measures.

Living with COPD can be stressful but small changes can make a bigger impact on the disease:.

Following tips will help you live better with COPD:

  • Understand your lungs
  • Oxygen therapy & medications (as prescribed)
  • Pulmonary Rehab & special breathing exercises (Read more about pulmonary physiotherapy)
  • Staying healthy & avoiding exacerbations
  • Quit smoking & related aggravating factors

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Zumba: Tips to prevent injuries

How to keep away from Zumba injuries

Last month we had three patients coming to our clinics, who had suffered injuries while doing Zumba.  Interestingly, all had the same issue - pain in their knees.Interestingly, all had the same issue - pain in their knees.

Zumba is the closest you could get to having fun and having a cardio workout at the same time. And surely, it's popular! But like any other sport, there is a risk of getting aches and pains. How do you fix it?  If you have no pre-existing conditions that have caused trouble in your knees earlier, you could easily prevent  injuries during Zumba.

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Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis? Its a pain in the Heel

Plantar Fasciitis

Things you must know about Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common foot condition. One may experience intense pain while you place weight on your heel. The pain usually builds up gradually and gets worse over time. Walking usually improves the pain, but it often gets bad again after walking or standing for a long time.

This type of pain could be due to the overuse of a tissue known as Plantar Fascia. Plantar Fascia is a broad, thick band of tissue that runs from under the heel to the front of the foot, helping to maintain the arch of the foot. In Plantar Fasciitis, the pain is felt under the heel and usually on the inside, and sometimes along the arch, mostly on walking and running.plantar fasciitis treatment

Things You Must Know About Plantar Fasciitis

  • People who run or jog regularly, and older adults who are 40-60 years of age, are the two main groups affected by heel pain.
  • Overweight individuals are also more at risk.
  • Correct diagnosis is important: Heel pain could be caused due to different reasons. Let a qualified doctor diagnose the correct reason.
  • Rest your heel: This may not be easy. But avoiding walking long distances and standing for long periods will surely help.
  • Pain relief: Techniques such as icing, massage, ultrasound or electrical muscle stimulation can help to reduce the pain.
  • Stretching the calf muscles and the plantar fascia and strengthening of the intrinsic foot muscles can improve the foot mechanics and relieve the stress on the fascia.
  • Foot mobilizations and supportive taping is also known to have worked well.
  • Use of well fitting, appropriate shoes/orthotics: Use of well fitting, appropriate shoes/orthotics.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis 

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Back Pain – Causes, Self Care, FAQ and Home Exercise

Back Pain  I  Causes  I  Risk Factors  I  FAQ

Eighty percent of us will experience back problems at some point in our lives. Back pain is ranked second only to headaches as the most frequent cause of pain, and tops the list of workplace injuries, causing more loss of time, disability and money than any other workplace injury. Our backs are a carefully engineered network of bones, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that help balance and bear the weight of our bodies and the loads we carry. Any minor damage or imbalance to this delicate system can stress muscles and joints, causing pain and injury. A lifetime of poor posture, poor lifting, bending and reaching, and twisting activities can gradually weaken your back’s supportive structures as well as cause pain and injury.

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The Activity Pyramid: Stay Active in a Fun way

Much easier said than done – Stay Active and Fit for Life! Not all the time. Here are few simple and fun things that you can incorporate in your everyday life and continue to stay Physically Fit and Active.

We call it the Activity Pyramid. Since it is meant to be FUN, it begins right at the bottom with everyday things that you may have known but have ignored implementing them so far!.Start from the bottom and work your way upwards!

  1. If you are Inactive: That is you rarely do any activity, increase your daily activities by:
    • Use the staircase in place of the elevator. Start by climbing up the first floor and then take the elevator to your destination. Add another one floor every second day of your climbing routine to gradually make it all the way up.
    • Hide the TV remote. Get up and walk to the TV to adjust the volume or change the channel everytime.
    • While standing in a queue, use your time to stretch your body.
    • Walk whenever you can even within the house

    The activity pyramid for exercise to stay heart healthy and fit

  2.  If you are Sporadic:  You are active sometimes but not regularly, try to become consistent by identifying and adding activities that interest you from the middle of the Pyramid, set realistic goals to attain and plan your day so you can achieve your goals.
  3. If you are Consistent : If you stay active most of the time, or upto four days in a week, then all you need to do is to keep shuffling your activities from the entire Pyramid so you not get bored and start to lose out.

Whichever stage you are or whatever activities you chose to do, remember to have FUN !!

Because when you indulge in activities that are fun, you are more regular and reduce the chances of injury.

Related Reading:

Physically Fit : What does it mean?

No time for exercise? 10 tips to get moving

Healthy & Positive Habits to Protect you from Stress

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Pregnancy Exercise, Antenatal Fitness Program

Congratulations! You’re pregnant  

Exercises do wonders during pregnancy. Carefully planned exercise under Expert supervision can have a powerful and positive contribution to pregnancy. It helps to prepare you for childbirth by strengthening your muscles and building endurance. Moreover, it helps getting your body back in shape, once the baby is born.

What do our FabMoms say?

My doctor referred me to ReLiva FabMoms for Prenatal sessions. The sessions have been very helpful as I know how to keep myself active & fit. I would recommend others too to visit FabMoms for this program.”   – Richa Jha, Vashi

I joined FabMoms during my 6th month of pregnancy. My expert Physiotherapist helped me with lower back pain exercise which generally pregnant women face. Stretching exercises were also very beneficial. I never got cramps in my leg during night thereafter. They also teach good labour preparation techniques. I would like to recommend FabMoms to all pregnant women.”   – Misba Modak, Nerul

To read more about Benefits of antenatal exercisesclick here.

Now you can be a F.A.B. Mom too ! Fill the “Ask for call Back” form to register or Click here to contact us and know more about ReLiva’s FabMoms Program for Prenatal and Postnatal fitness programs. The Programs are available in

  • GROUPS as ‘Better Together’ at any of our clinics or a maternity set-up near you.
  • One-on-one personalised Prenatal / Postnatal care Program designed specially for you by our experts.

The various modules of the Program cover the following topics:

  • Education about stages of pregnancy.
  • Exercise as per the stage of pregnancy.
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Postural guidance.
  • Post partum changes.
  • Diet & Nutrition.

To begin with, you can click here, to contact us & register with your details and we will send you a copy of The 5 Safest Pregnancy Exercises Guide, absolutely FREE.

 

Related Reading:

Benefits of exercise during Pregnancy

Posture in Pregnancy: Do’s & Don’ts

Happy& Fit Pregnancy ; Back to Shape afterwards

SI Pain & Pregnancy Tips

Infographic on Why Exercise while Pregnant

Six Active Stretches

Stretching for sport and exercise improves flexibility, which increases the ability of a joint to move through its full range of motion; in other words, how far it can bend, twist and reach.

What happens when we stretch?

Regular stretching is thought to increase flexibility, both by making muscles more supple and by retraining the nervous system to tolerate stretching further. Flexibility from regular stretching gradually disappears once you stop stretching – typically after four weeks.

How to stretch properly?

To stretch properly and safely, slowly stretch the muscle just until you feel resistance. Resistance is the point at which you feel a slight pull. It should not be painful. Stop and hold each stretch for 10 to 20 seconds without bouncing up and down. During the stretch, breathe deeply and regularly. Don’t hold your breath. Make sure your muscles are warmed up before you stretch. The best time to stretch is after exercise, when your muscles are most supple. Learn to make the most of stretching by clicking here.

Active stretches you should be doing

Each of the exercises here is a dynamic stretch, which means it increases flexibility through movement, rather than by simply holding a position. “Active stretching decreases your risk of injury, relieves back pain, and boosts your athletic performance,” says Tanja Djelevic, who includes this series in her bendable body class at crunch fitness in West Hollywood. Try this routine before a race, after a workout, or at the end of the day—and experience the difference a little motion can make.

 

Pile stretch

1) Pile stretch   

What: Stretches inner and outer thighs, arms, shoulders, and back

How: Stand with feet wide, toes turned out, and raise arms overhead. Squat deep and lower the arms in front of you, elbows touching knees and palms facing forward. Pull right shoulder back as you raise right arm [shown], then twist in opposite direction, raising left arm. Rise up to starting position. Do 8 reps.

 

Low Lunge

2) Low lunge

What : Stretches intercostal muscles (between the ribs) and the thoracic cage aiding the lungs to take in more oxygen

How: Lunge forward with left leg until thigh is parallel to floor, and place hands on floor on either side of left foot. Raise left arm straight up toward ceiling as you rotate left shoulder back [shown]. Lower hand to starting position, and move into next stretch (active pigeon).

 

Active Pigeon

3) Active Pigeon

What : Stretches hip flexors, butt, and abs

How: Pull left knee in toward right hand, then lower left leg to floor so foot is below right hip. Lower hips as you push through hands, lifting head and chest [shown]. From this position, move into the next stretch (down-dog extension).

 

wrap around

4) Wrap around

What : Stretches neck and shoulders

How : Stand with feet hip-width apart and reach right arm behind your back, palm facing away from you. Clasp hands and pull left elbow back as you draw shoulder blades together. Hold as you circle head slowly [shown] to complete 1 rep. Do 8 reps.

 

take a bow

5) Take a bow

What : Stretches shoulders, legs, chest, and back

How : Stand with feet wide, left foot turned out, and rotate torso to the left. Clasp hands behind you with palms together and arms extended. Bend forward from hips until back is parallel to floor as you raise arms [shown]. Slowly rise up to starting position. Do 8 reps.

 

Standing side stretch

6) The standing side stretch

What: Stretches arms, torso

How: Stand with your feet together and your arms straight overhead. Clasp your hands together, with your fingers interlaced and pointer fingers extended. Inhale as you reach upward. Breathe out as you bend your upper body to the right. Take five slow breaths. Slowly return to the center. Repeat on the left side.

 

Related Reading

Stretching : How to make the most of it

The Activity Pyramid: Stay Active in a Fun way

Physically Fit : What does it mean?

No time for exercise? 10 tips to get moving

Healthy & Positive Habits to Protect you from Stress

sacroiliitis

Sacroiliitis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is thought to cause low back pain and/or leg pain. The leg pain can be particularly difficult, and may feel similar to sciatica or pain caused by a lumbar disc herniation. Exercises are known to be the best treatment for Sacroiliac joint Dysfunction.

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