Exercise during pregnancy reaps health benefits years later

11/24/2008 | Medscape (free registration)

Women who do weight-bearing exercise while pregnant reap overall fitness and cardiovascular benefits when they reach perimenopause, a new study found. Researchers say women who exercised during pregnancy were more likely to continue to do so 18 to 20 years later. The women also raised their intensity level over time, gained less weight and fat, improved their fitness, and had a lower cardiovascular risk.

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