My clients know that my approach is gentle. I’m not pushy, I don’t yell and I won’t jump on your back. Don’t get me wrong, my clients work hard… but it comes from a place of LOVE and compassion.
I’m always encouraging my clients to love their bodies no matter what stage they are in their lives. Growing a baby changes your body and it’s important to love your pregnant body as well as your postnatal body, even if you haven’t lost your baby weight. We’ve been conditioned by media and our culture to feel guilty if we haven’t bounced right back after baby but in reality, we need time and love. The negative talk isn’t going to help.
So let’s start by loving our body. And maybe embracing the push up too. It’s hard to love exercise if you haven’t grown up loving exercise but you can start with a few simple exercises like the push up. Weather you do it from your knees or toes, embrace it and try doing 10-15 push ups a few days a week. You can do it alone, with a baby under you, a toddler crawling on you with your child(ren) watching. Start slow and build up that positive self talk and see where it takes you.
After those push ups, try a veggie/fruit smoothie. I got this tasty, love inspired smoothie recipe by Sylvie Gouin, yoga guru and nutritionist. Mix roasted or boiled beets with raspberries in a blender, add a touch of maple syrup and blend. I know it sounds weird but it’s actually delicious! Start with less beets and more raspberries and adjust from there. Here’s to making baby steps, healthy choices (mostly :), enjoying activity and loving your body as you progress through your health continuum. Cheers!
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