This is a workout I did religiously when I was pregnant with my second son. It’s enough intensity to work up a sweat, but not so hard that it gave me Braxton Hicks contractions (which I had ALL THE TIME). Plus, as much as I love running, I did not love running while pregnant. The bouncing and pressure on my hips and pelvic floor felt awful!
The great news is, walking at an incline can be just as effective as running. You’ll torch some serious calories, work up a sweat, get your cardio in and save your joints (and your pelvic floor) at the same time.
Not pregnant? This is a perfect cardio workout for the postpartum period too, especially if you have diastasis recti or pelvic floor issues or prolapse. Keep your abdominal canister pressurized, and if you feel any discomfort, modify the intensity by decreasing the incline, or decreasing the speed.