Before I had Liela, my fitness routine differed greatly from now. I used to go to the gym 5-6 times a week and I did a lot of cardio & a bit of Pilates for toning. I obviously couldn’t keep up with my fitness routine when I fell pregnant, fatigue and a huge belly kind of got in the way.
As many of you know once bébé is born keeping fit goes out of the window along with many other things that once seemed important. Eventually, you do get back into a routine and when I did, I had to have a whole new approach to keeping fit and healthy (and losing the extra weight from pregnancy).
I used to eat relatively healthy, but falling pregnant and breastfeeding I really started paying much closer attention to what I was putting into my body and how it affects my and most importantly my baby’s health. I found that just by eating nutritious, whole, organic food I was losing weight without even exercising. I realised then that diet is actually much more important to keeping a healthy weight than exercising 6 times a week and eating bad food.
Time being as rare as hen’s teeth when you become a baby mama, I looked for ways to stay fit that were fun and not too time consuming. Living close to lake (it’s not the ocean, but hey, it will do) I decided to try Stand Up Paddling, SUP for short. It is really fun and relatively easy, depending on your balance and it is a great whole body workout. Just getting your board to the water is already a workout!
What you need:
- A SUP board
- A paddle
- A leash (mostly for the ocean)
- A cute bikini/swimsuit/wetsuit
There are some really great videos to help you get started on Youtube if you would like to give it a go. Once I really get the hang of it, I will give SUP yoga a try!
Please note: I am by no means an expert in fitness or nutrition, I am merely sharing my own experience.