Love Your Body

| February 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
ove Your Body

woman doing push-up


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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Sarah is a Certified Kinesiologist, Exercise Physiologist, Group Fitness Instructor and Mother of 2. She is the creator of the Prenatal and Postnatal Strength Workout DVD (available at as well as co-created the Elemental Workout®. Sarah owns Continuum Fitness and Movement Performance with her husband, John (, a personal training studio in Westboro, Ottawa offering one on one coaching as well as group classes. Sarah is a former international fitness competitor and has been a nationally ranked race walker.

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  1. Meeghan says:

    That smoothie does sound delicious! I will have to try it. Thanks for posting!

  2. Brenda A says:

    Great advice to start small. I think it is overwhelming to begin an exercise routine, especially if you are a new parent! Breaking it down into small achievable activities makes it seem possible!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    wish I could love my body, but I am making small steps and learning to love who I am, if I didn’t have severe arthritis it would be a whole lot easier

  4. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Baby steps are key! I find if you move too fast you don’t stick with it. Never thought about beets & raspberries in a smoothie, will have to experiment.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    This WAS really motivational to read! Your clients must love you!

  6. Sarah Zahab says:

    Thanks, Victoria! That’s really sweet! The truth is, I love all my clients 🙂

  7. cheryl says:

    This is a good article, I think that we are always consumed by celebrities and think this is how we should look. The problem is that they spend tons of money to look that way. We need to love our bodies the way they are and make healthy improvements to look better if need be. Its hard to not get frustrated when your body doesn’t bounce back quickly after having a baby but just remember that you just grew a wonderful little life in there for 9 months!

  8. Kathy says:

    Sarah, you continue to be an inspiration and your post-natal workout definitely helped me get back into running form! I loved the fact I could do 10min or the whole workout; with my child, or alone! The functional aspects you focus on as a coach are key to any sport and a healthy active lifestyle with a new baby in general. Thanks very much and keep up the amazing work!

  9. kathy downey says:

    That smoothie sure sound delicious!

  10. kathy downey says:

    beets & raspberries..interesting combo

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