Aqua Sphere, the worldwide brand of choice for premium swimwear and swim accessories based on comfort and high-quality technical designs, today announced pregnancy workout tips from one of the company’s most prominent sponsored athletes, seven-time Olympic medalist and expectant mom Amanda Beard .
As a pro swimmer conditioned to daily pool and fitness training, Beard has learned to readjust her workout routine around activities that help keep her in the pool and get her body ready for baby number two, while not over stressing her body during pregnancy. To empower other moms-to-be to stay active and healthy throughout pregnancy, Beard has joined her sponsor Aqua Sphere to put together tips for moderate yet effective workouts:
- Stretch in the pool. Even those who do not typically prefer swimming as a sport can reap the benefits of water fitness by stretching or floating in the water to calm and soothe muscles. Doing gentle stretches in the shallow end may help relieve back pain.
- Learn to appreciate walking. As your belly grows, it becomes more and more challenging to get a good cardio workout without feeling uncomfortable. Consider swapping running with walking. Finding time to walk can be as simple as taking your dog out for a stroll, catching up on the news via headphones while walking the block, finding a place that is visually stimulating in order to keep it fun or walking in the pool to add low-level resistance to your body while further reducing stress on your joints.
- Yoga at home. With a three-year-old son and a new baby on the way, Beard understands firsthand that a trip to the gym is not always plausible. Rolling out a yoga mat at home and practicing along with a prenatal yoga DVD will allow you to move at your own pace.
“As a second-time mom, I know it can be difficult to find the right workouts in order to feel good and remain physically active while pregnant,” said Amanda Beard . “Mixing a variety of simple, low-impact workout solutions, such as swimming, walking and yoga throughout the week, will allow you to feel great and strong throughout your pregnancy.”
Those who have avidly followed Beard’s journey both in and out of the pool since her first Olympic appearance at age 14 recognize her as one of America’s most popular swimmers and celebrity athletes. After winning seven Olympic medals and breaking the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, Amanda took time to focus on her personal life, marrying renowned photographer, Sacha Brown , in May 2009, and subsequently giving birth to their three-year-old son, Blaise Ray Brown . Beard is now a full-time mom, blogger and New York Times best-selling author after the release of her first memoir, “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry.” In 2010, Beard signed on with premium swimwear manufacturer, Aqua Sphere, and has become the company’s star endorser.
“For the past three years we have had the privilege to work with Amanda as she has grown her career and family, while continuing to inspire both kids and adults with her passion for swimming,” said Todd Mitchell , brand manager for Aqua Sphere. “We’re pleased to be able to work with Amanda and provide her – as well as women everywhere – with comfortable, high-performance swimwear throughout this important stage of life. With offerings such as our Isis maternity suit, we are confident she can continue to find a great fit, top performing fabrics and true comfort in the pool as she gears up to welcome the newest member to our Aqua Sphere family.”
Beard will begin training for the 2016 Rio Olympics and looks forward to sharing her love of the water with her second child, who is due in June.
For more information on Beard’s favorite swimming gear, visit www.AquaSphereSwim.com.
About Aqua Sphere
Established in 1998, Aqua Sphere is the worldwide brand of choice for premium swimming products, based on comfort and high-quality technical designs. Dedicated to creating products for active swimmers, Aqua Sphere offers a complete range of premium products, including eye protection, swimwear, triathlon wetsuits, footwear, and swim fitness and training accessories. Aqua Sphere’s numerous innovations include the world’s first swim mask, the Seal, and its NAIAD swimsuit collection combining premium fabrics and construction that offers body control sytem technology to boost and support one’s shape in and out of the water. The brand has gained the respect and loyal following of many celebrity and notable athletes, including four-time Olympian Gold Medalist Amanda Beard . For more information, visit www.AquaSphereSwim.com.
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