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Experts Corner


Length of Exercise Time
By Lisa Stone, ACE

Q. I am in the early weeks of my second trimester. When I am at the gym, how long should I stay on average (I am having no complications and feel well) and what type of exercises can I be doing? I get bored and would like to spice it up a bit.

A. To answer your question, your workouts should last no more than 75 minutes total, including warm-up and cool-down. During that 75 minutes, you can do 30-45 minutes on one of the cardio machines (treadmill, stairmaster, elliptical trainer, etc.) then use the rest of your time doing resistance training. Or, if you prefer, you can take a body sculpting class or yoga class or other group fitness class as long as the instructor can show you how to modify the workout to accommodate your pregnancy (or as long as YOU know how to modify it!).

In any case, just be sure to listen to your body's signals as to when you've had enough. Also, be sure to drink LOTS of water before, during, and after your workouts to stay well-hydrated.

Hope that helps!


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