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Tips on getting back into shape post baby

Wednesday, 23 March 2016  | 

Let's be honest here, after having a baby the last thing on your mind will be getting back into shape. You will be too busy and tired to do anything other than care for your baby. That's ok! Having a baby is a life-changing experience. Two years on and I've only just started to really consider what I need to do to look after myself and get back in shape.

I put myself under pressure to lose weight and thought joining a fancy gym would help. I have not been in 6 months! You don't have to do anything huge, make a few small changes and you will see a difference.

Below are some tips for getting back into your pre-baby jeans. They are just some of the things that have worked for me.

Walking - Since Jack was a newborn, I have done a lot of walking. I found it hard being in the house all day and would wrap Jack up and take him outside for a walk. It's slightly more difficult now as he doesn't like being in the pushchair for long periods of time but I still try to get outside every day. Walking at a brisk pace will really help burn those calories. I've recently brought a Fitbit and now track my steps.

Drink more water - I definitely do not take on board enough fluids. With a little one, you are often so busy looking after them that it can be quite easy to forget about yourself. Instead of drinking fizzy drinks, I have been drinking more squash and water. It's made my skin look better too!

DVD Workouts - In the evenings once Jack has gone to bed, I do a quick workout. I use DVDs or YouTube. I do not always make it to the end but anything I do is better than doing nothing. I can do this in the comfort of my own house. It's a lot easier than travelling to a class or a gym.

Food Diary - When I first decided that I wanted to lose weight, I completed a food diary. It really highlighted the weaker areas in my diet.

A lot of my poor food choices were down to a lack of time and meal planning. I've found that meal planning has really helped me to lose weight. It means I am making healthier food choices. I'm also wasting less food.

Good luck. Remember start small and don't do too much.