Mummy’s Tummy – 10 Ways To Have Less Jelly In Your Belly 

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I’m being rather brave in posting pictures of my post baby tummy so please be kind to me. I’m still about 6lbs away from my target weight and due to holidays & a very unsettled baby I had a 3-week break from the gym & God have I missed it !!!!! I use the gym as my ‘ happy place ‘, away from kids, husbands & the odd hunky bodybuilder to perv on never hurts 👍  I’m not sporty but enjoy running and most of the time I can be found on the Stair Master stepping away while watching YouTube videos. Since having Charley in September I have lost 2.4 stone.I lost the weight the old-fashioned way by still eating /drinking what I wanted but just in smaller portions and basically getting off my bum and moving. Below are 10 ways I used to loose a bit of jelly…

  • Buggyfit – As the name describes this class is brilliant for mums with little ones as you can take them along in their buggies.The classes are run by specialist trainers who are qualified in postnatal fitness and take place in public parks nationwide. I think I paid £3 a class so it’s cheap too!
  • Set up a mummy pram walking group – A walking group was set up in my area by a lovely lady who wanted to meet a few new mums and get a bit of exercise. What was started with 1 person now has 700 members and 2-3 walks per week taking place?If you are on the Fylde Coast then check out – Fylde Mums & Babies Walking Group on Facebook or take inspiration to set up your own group.
  • Exercise with a friend – This is probably my No1 tip.Plan a time each week to meet and stick to it. Not only will it make you not want to let the other one down but you will spur each other on.
  • Use free gym passes – Most gyms will offer 1 day passes to prospective members. Some offer up to 7 days to trial their facilities. I think I tried 6 different gyms in 3 weeks and signed up none! I’m now a member of the YMCA but joined well after my little freebie sessions.
  • Subscribe to fitness channels on YouTube-Craving a cream cake? Watch a fitness Vlog on YouTube and I guarantee you will be reaching for a watermelon smoothie before you know it. A few channels I can recommend – Jen Howard, Heidi Somers, Naomi Smart & Carly Rowena
  • Swimming -Nice and simple. Very gentle on the joints and a great first step back into exercise. Most pools have a ladies only session perfect for anyone feeling a bit self-conscience.
  • Couch to 5K Now I can hear the shouts of ” I can’t run ” & “I could never do a 5k ” but even Mo Farrah had to start somewhere. I followed this programme a couple of years ago and can now do 8 miles comfortably and if you really fancy giving it a go then enter a 5k fun run for the end of the programme to keep you hitting the pavement.
  • 7-minute workout app – There are lots of different free apps to download on your phone and do in the privacy of your own home. Most require no equipment and offer different levels of difficulty to fit in with your fitness level.
  • Have a baby seat added to your bike – For anyone with a baby older than 8 months this is a fab way to tone up your legs and enjoy some nice fresh air & scenery. I took my bike to my local Halfords and they fitted the seat free of charge and did a little service to check over the tyres & breaks. They even put my bike back in the boot for me 💪🏻
  • Put music on & dance -And if all else fails and the baby has been up all night and the thought of leaving your house is just too much to bare then stick on some music and dance.Loose yourself in the music and get those endorphins pumping. My favourites  to dance to inc The Killers – Mr Brightside, Judge Jules -2009 Ibiza Mix and excuse the pun Faithless – I can’t get no sleep 😝

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and it’s given you some ideas & motivation.Never feel rushed to start exercising and listen to your body. I know how hard it is to make the 1st move back into exercising but as a very wise man ( must have been women really )  ” The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step “.

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10 Comments

  1. August 10, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    I think the at home work out has worked the best for me! When I first started having kids would be trying to climb over and under me as I tried to do Pilates and whatnot. But I have moved on to doing more aerobics and now that that are toddlers, they join right in and have fun trying to do it with me or my husband. And turning on fun music makes it a dance party!

  2. August 12, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Wow great ideas, I might do the home exercises using apps and youtube workout videos #thelist

  3. August 12, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    Im still struggle with 6kg but I 5 days ago started detox diet that’s good idea as well if you want to loose some weight and feel better

    • August 13, 2016 / 2:54 pm

      I have done a couple of detox’ before but then always seem to poison my body by drinking wine & eating cake to celebrate finishing them . Well done to you though .m💋

  4. August 13, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    This is great – thank you! I definitely found Buggyfit a great great help as I couldn’t do much exercise for months after a tricky labour. After an op to sort things out, I’m now 4 weeks into the couch to 5k programme and it’s ace! I’m sure lots of people will find this useful – exercise is a great way to a healthy mind and I love anything like this that promotes easy ways to fit this into your mum routine. x #fortheloveofBLOG

    • August 13, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Healthy body , healthy mind . Also find grapes ( wine 😜) help with my healthy lifestyle. Thanks so much for commenting 💖

  5. August 13, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Well done you have achieved so much. Like you I am on a constant mission to move the jelly belly and apart from trying to hit 10K steps per day and doing Pilates, I love to use a hula hoop for 15 mins a day at home to really blast my abs. It’s fun and you can do it whilst watching TV or waiting for the kids supper to cook. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • August 13, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      I like the idea of hula hooping. Just posted a video of a wine workout on my FB page . That looks fun too 😂

  6. August 25, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I downloaded the couch to 5k app a couple of days ago (feeling inspired by the olympics) and I’m feeling a bit sceptical about whether it can work at the moment as I’ve always been a hater of running. It’s inspiring to read that you’re now running 8 miles after giving it a go, I just hope I can get somewhere close to that too 🙂

    • The UnNatural Mother
      August 25, 2016 / 9:13 pm

      I was a hater of running and really have to force myself to put my running shoes on but once I start off I love it. I will coach you on running if you coach me with cooking as I hate going anywhere near the oven 😂😂😂

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