I can’t even remember a time when I wasn’t an athlete. The majority of my memories revolve around playing sports, training, and competing.
Most people who don’t know me well are shocked to hear that I was an athlete. I guess appearances can be deceiving.
I started gymnastics when I was 2, and continued with competitive gymnastics until I was 13. I started swimming at just a few months old and then swam competitively until I was 19. I played soccer when I was 3, and then continued to play rep soccer at a high level until I was 19.
This trend continued with Dance, Figure Skating and Basketball. Although with basketball I started really late (when I was 10) and that ended up being the sport I would play at University.
People often ask how I am in such good shape, especially after having a baby. I guess most people expect that because I had a baby I should either continue at the weight that I put on during my pregnancy (37 pounds), or that I must starve myself because there’s no way its possible to be in good shape. Believe me, if you’ve met my parents you would know the latter couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re Italian and We love food!
Having a baby is a traumatic experience on your body, no question. I have met many women that have had babies, who are in amazing shape before and after. And I have met many that have struggled and still continue to struggle with losing the baby weight.
My secret to remaining in great shape is easy. For me, I have been training my body for 30 years. I have been playing sports, working out and competing at a high level for the majority of my life. And of course genetics plays a role in this too.
Many of you who are reading this may be thinking, well how does that help me?
I have some fantastic tips & tricks on how to get in good shape and stay in good shape, if you’ve had a baby and even if you haven’t.
Tip # 1 – You Don’t Have to Pay Money to get in Shape
A lot of women think that you have to spend money to be in shape. I don’t agree. You have so many tools at home and outdoors that can help you get in shape.
I’m not a gym girl, never have been. I hate running on a treadmill, or using the cardio machines. That’s just how I feel. I find it boring and I also feel like I’m not accomplishing much.
My favourite workout has always been to run. I love to run, especially in the heat. So when the warm weather rolls around that’s what I do. I’m also in the best shape when I run. There are so many fabulous trails and parks in Hamilton, that there’s always a place for me to run, day or night.
I also like to do some sit-ups, push-ups, planks and dips after my run. You can do these on the grass, use a bench for dips or even the bleachers. At the beginning of the running season, the struggle is real. But after a couple of shorter runs, I am good to go. My minimum running distance is 5 km and that increases throughout the summer. Don't just start with a long distance if you can't handle it. Start off slow and gradually increase your distance and speed. I also have a running stroller that I put my son in and he comes for a run too- that makes my run that much more difficult.
Now I know that a lot of people hate running. If you’re a non-runner, then walk. But walk a good distance and at a good clip. Don’t dog it! I would say at least 5 km if you want to try and drop some weight or even maintain your weight and still enjoy some wine and some good food!
I hope these small tips motivate you to get up, head out doors and go for a nice walk or run! And if you’re fortunate to live in a climate that’s nice year round then you have a great advantage.
Next week, I will be sharing my next tip on how to be fit and fabulous! Enjoy your Sunday!!