When I got pregnant I had every intention of having a super fit pregnancy – I thought I was going to be able to film my TIFFXO workout videos right until I was about to pop. The reality? I had an extremely sick pregnancy and had to take the entire nine months (plus some!) off training. I went from long, intense training sessions every day to long days on the couch. This really made me realise that no two pregnancies are the same, but it also lit a fire under my butt to get back into training after I had my baby Arnold.
I had to start from the beginning when it came to fitness, something that a lot of women experience. I wanted to set a positive example for everyone – transforming your lifestyle is possible! So, once I got cleared for exercise by my doctor, here’s five things I did to get into shape after having my baby:
1. I ate a lot, and I ate often
It’s no secret that a healthy diet is key for weight loss. But a lot of women forget that for your metabolism to run at a higher rate, you need to eat regularly throughout the day. So, I made sure I ate lots of snacks to keep my body burning fat. Plus, since I was breastfeeding, I followed the strength plan on my TIFFXO program – it plans all your meals for the week out for you, plus it gave me the extra energy I needed as I was breastfeeding.
2. I worked on my pelvic floor
So, why should you care about your pelvic floor? First of all, it’s actually an important part of your core, giving you stability through your midsection. And secondly (and most importantly, especially if you’re postpartum), it supports internal organs such as your bladder, bowels and uterus. Getting into shape after a baby isn’t just about sculpting your body, but also about making sure you have enough strength and stamina to take on every day (and your workouts!). I did daily pelvic floor exercises, as well as engaging it when I worked out.
3. I did short, effective workouts
You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get fit and healthy. In fact, you can get fit from your living room with my 20 minute TIFFXO workout videos. That’s what I did (yes, I’m not just the trainer but I do the workouts too!). These were perfect for me postpartum as I could fit workouts around Arnold’s naps, and I could personalise the workouts with my library of modifications. I always say that low impact doesn’t mean low intensity – don’t feel bad about changing the workout for your recovering body.
4. I said goodbye to crunches
When getting fit again, I wanted to work on my core strength – not only is it an important muscle group to support your body in everyday life, but I also love the look of a well-defined midsection. I did exercises that engaged all of my core muscles (like the obliques, lower back, diaphragm and glutes) – not just the abdominals. I also did martial art, which is amazing for core strength due to the rotation of your torso as you punch and kick.
5. I stopped comparing myself to others
Remember, everybody is different and is going to respond to exercise differently – in different time frames, too. I said this to myself whenever I felt like I wasn’t feeling or seeing the results I wanted. And good thing I did – it took me nine months to start seeing definition return to my body. If I hadn’t had this in the back of my mind, I may have become discouraged and stopped my food and fitness regime. Your mindset is critical to achieving your goals. So, just remember that you’re capable of smashing your goals, but change definitely takes time.
For more on this topic, this is what fitness sensation Emily Skye wants you to know about ‘bouncing back’ after having a baby, and this is Khloe Kardashian’s postpartum meal plan.
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