In the second feature of her ‘Get Back Into Shape’ workout series, Lex Balladon shares some tips on how to stay motivated.
It’s so hard to keep your eye on the prize when it’s 3am and you’ve been up with your new baby for an hour, and all you want to do is reach for the cookie jar; I know, I’ve been there many a time before. When I was breastfeeding, a giant chocolate chip cookie and a pint of lemon water were my night feed treats… and I’ll admit that this went on for quite some time. As I said in my last feature, it takes nine months to grow a baby, so allow yourself nine months to get back to what’s normal for you. However, I know its hard to stay motivated when time and energy are so precious, so here are my top tips on how to push on:
Avoid the slump
This is the downward spiral I have found myself in a few times and its hard to turn it around into an upward spiral. It’s the vicious circle of not moving your body, eating processed foods and feeling lazy and sluggish and therefore continue to not move, to eat rubbish and become even more unmotivated. When I see this pattern occurring, I change something instantly, I make sure lunch and dinner are made with cleaner foods and if I can, get a quick youtube yoga session in and I always feel better for it. And so then the upward spiral begins…
Find a buddy
It is much easier if you have a buddy to workout with. You are more likely to stick to it if you’ve made the effort to arrange a time to meet. If you’re on your own, it’s easy to miss a training session. Over the summer I was in a great routine with my Pump class buddy, without fail we’d be there every week getting stronger and fitter all the time – we’d have a quick catch up and a sweat and most importantly – it was FUN.
No, not the military kind, but look out for bootcamps for new mums. These are great because you can go with your baby, everyone has just given birth so they’re in the same boat, and you’ll meet some new mums who are also into keeping active. It’s a win win all round. I used a Mummy bootcamp twice a week after my first baby and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Some sessions I would mince around a bit and others I would kill it, but the main thing was that I was moving my body and getting the endorphin’s pumping.
I love new gym gear, and if buying a new outfit or picking up a new pair of kicks is going to make me move my butt, then so be it. I will always get excited about new active wear! In fact, I love wearing athletic wear so much that I wear it when I’m not working out; but because I’m wearing it, I feel active and so usually end up working out!
Invest in yourself
Before children, I used to be a gym member and I would go between one and three times a week as well as wakeboarding sessions. This all stopped after baby number one but I joined my local Mums Bootcamp to get myself moving. After baby number two this was not an option trying to juggle the kids and workout. I knew that if I joined a gym I wouldn’t have time to use it regularly and also I found myself in a slump as I would have to workout on my own. I invested in a personal trainer, once a week for about four or five months. I thought, how much would I pay to get ‘me’ back? It worked though; they got me back to a level where I could happily motivate myself to workout on my own again.
For more tips, head over to Lex’s other interview where she talks about her fitness during pregnancy!
Stay tuned for the third feature of Lex’s ‘Get Back Into Shape’ workout series.