Monday, 20 June 2016

Getting fit post baby

Kayla Itsines Transformation Photo

When Leo was younger I loved to walk absolutely everywhere with him, it was a time where getting out and about with him was much simpler. It was just a case of putting him into the pram or pushchair and off we went about our day, there was no idling or toddler temper tantrums, it really could be wrapped up into a walk in the park.

After I had Leo I did admittedly worry about any weight I might have carried over with me, and this certainly pushed me into getting out and about more. Walking can be greatly under estimated in it's effectiveness to help you loose weight and squeeze exercise into a busy schedule (just like the one that comes attached with parenthood!).

I myself didn't realise this at the time, but the walking helped me get out of the house and even in the midst of Winter when the sun shone lower in the sky, it was every bit as satisfying as in those long Summer months. There were times where I found myself with not one, but two babies in tow. Every now and again I would be asked to look after my nephew, so it was not uncommon for me to strap them both into the double buggy and whiz them both off into the great outdoors.

Easywalker Duo

I can't help wishing that I knew then what I know today, I could have started my fitness journey way back in 2011 if I had only eaten the right foods. One of the biggest self discoveries I have faced is that you really are what you eat. Despite all of this walking I was getting in each week, the fact that I was still eating like I was pregnant didn't help me at all, and consequently I discovered that I got bigger instead of smaller. In my mind the walking cancelled out my bad diet, but it's true what they say 'you can't out train a bad diet'.

Flash forward to 2014 where I finally realised that I had to make some serious changes, I needed to find that part of me again, the girl who enjoyed buying new clothes and dressing up. The me that felt comfortable in what she wore. I turned my diet on it's head, and I started to work out like I meant it, it was then that I started to reverse everything, it was then that I started to look after my body for the first time in my life.

When I do go on to have another baby, I know exactly what I have to do this time around following the birth. There's no secret way to loose weight and tone up, but with hard work, determination and will power there is nothing that cannot be achieved, even with babies in tow.

So if your reading this and feeling like a lost cause (I know that's how I felt), just clean up your eating and get outside walking with your baby. Take the pushchair, walk to the park, walk around your local town. Just leave the car at home and walk, walk, walk! It doesn't have to be for a long time at all, I try and get 37 minutes of cardio in a day, and when you think about it, that's not overly long at all, but it's all your body needs in order to start burning fat.

Having a baby is life changing, but you can still be you. So strap them into the pushchair and head out for a stroll, not only will it make you feel great (hello endorphin's!) but it really will kick start your journey into feeling more like your old self again.

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