In the first feature of her ‘Get Back Into Shape’ workout series, wakeboarder Lex Balladon provides some helpful advice on baby weight loss.
How to: lose that baby weight
As we all know, we live in a day and age where we have access to nearly any information we want. We are constantly fed photos of celebs who have bounced back into shape post baby, and us mothers know, this is not as easy as it seems; especially after multiple babies. So, whats the difference between the average woman and a celebrity? Most probably the help. They have access to nannies, personal trainers, nutritionists, top gyms, and time. Us “normal” mums do not have all this help at our fingertips. So after getting back into shape after two babies, here are my top tips on how to achieve your goal.
Nap time yoga
Yoga is always my go to exercise when it comes to getting my body moving, especially if I haven’t been active for a length of time. I always turn to yoga to gage where my level of fitness is. Youtube is great for yoga sessions, there is a huge selection to suit everyone’s ability, and in time you can build up to the more advanced sessions. The beauty of online workouts, is that it can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Literally, when your partner gets home from work, be ready and waiting to run out the door. Start off with one night a week and slowly build up to two, three, four etc as your body regains it strength. This way you get a break from the baby, your partner and child can bond and you get your endorphins back into action with a quick jog. Everybody’s a winner !
Get out with the buggy, and baby of course, and start power walking. It’s amazing what kind of a sweat you can build up by power walking with a buggy, if you try. When you get fitter, you can stop at park benches or the outdoor gym areas and do squats, step ups or tricep dips.
Avoid specific ab exercises
You can do a lot of core work from overall movements without having to do an actual sit up, crunch or plank. These are best to avoid straight after childbirth as your muscles need time to recover and/or attached back together if they have separated.
Look at what your eating. Is the food your eating benefiting your body? Aim to eat more clean fresh food as opposed to processed foods. Processed foods are filling your body with empty calories – non beneficial. Clean fresh foods will be fuelling your body with the right calories and all the nutrients and minerals that it craves and loves.
Like anything, good things comes to those who wait. If you put in the time and the effort, you will shed the baby weight in no time. You’re body took nine months to grow a human; it should theoretically take nine months for your body to reshape to its original size – it took me a year to get back into my favourite belt! If you slip up and have some junk food, that’s ok, but make sure you don’t dwell over this fact and move on, the next meal can be a healthier one. This is a lifestyle choice, you are changing the way you move and eat. Another way to think of junk food is it’s empty calories – you are fueling your body with calories that don’t actually do anything good to your body.
The better we treat our bodies, the better they treat us. If I wake up, laze around and eat junk food all day, I won’t have a productive day. If I wake up, eat a nutritious breakfast, get a workout in early, then I feel i can take on anything. Try it – moving your body and eating nutritious meals is actually quite addictive!
For more tips, head over to Lex’s other interview where she talks about her fitness during pregnancy!