By peoplestaff225
Updated May 13, 2009 03:00 PM
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Staying fit has always been a priority for former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller but it is even more important now that she is expecting her first child. Shannon, who tries to work out at least four times a week, knows that her workouts will change slightly while pregnant and has already made some adjustments to her schedule. “I have added a lot more yoga to keep my flexibility and my cardio workouts are focused around long walks, elliptical and swimming. This way I’m not pounding on my joints or ever-expanding tummy!,” she explains. “I also try to do some light arm weights to prepare for carrying around my bundle of joy.”

For now, staying in shape is a priority for Shannon as she plans to participate in her foundation’s first annual Shannon Miller Kids Marathon on May 30th. Encouraging children to run or walk 25 miles in the 12 weeks leading up to a race, the kids then finish a final 1.2 miles on race day to complete the 26.2-mile marathon distance. Now that’s she’s expecting, Shannon finds the topic of childhood obesity closer to her heart than ever.

As for the baby on the way, Shannon and husband John Falconetti “are so excited about our new addition” and she is enjoying each new development — minus the morning sickness! “The 24/7 sickness more than morning sickness. But my friends kept reminding me that it’s the sign of a healthy pregnancy. And at this point I am feeling much better.”

Shannon announced her pregnancy on last month and is due on November 5th.

— Angela