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Your body will not change, if your body isn’t challenged…simple as that.

Do you want to change the shape of your body, lose your baby weight, tone up, lose centimetres and get some muscle definition? I know I do!

Right, then keep reading…if you want to achieve all of these things, strength training MUST be a priority.

Strength and conditioning training is any form of exercise that forces your muscles to work harder than they usually would in order to improve or increase the amount of muscle in your body.

It’s muscle that is your metabolism.

The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you will burn, even after you finish exercising, the easier it will be to reach your fat loss goals, and just to let you know (if you didn’t already), cardio alone will NOT provide you with the same results.

To get the best results, you have to move AND challenge ALL the muscles in your body to ensure you increase your strength and boost your metabolism, which in turn will reshape your body.

There are SO many options you can choose from:

  • Body Weight exercises – think – squats, lunges and push ups
  • Dumbells, kettle bells, bands, medicine balls and machines

But the main thing for an effective strength training session is to CHALLENGE your major muscle groups – this is what will improve your strength and endurance.

No matter what level of fitness you are at, you don’t want your workouts to feel easy or comfortable.

Every time you work out, you need to step out of your comfort zone. Give it YOUR 100%.

So when you next workout, make sure you focus on challenging your muscles, which will boost your metabolism, help you to lose weight and to burn more fat, which will lead to a more lean and toned body.

The stronger you get, you will continue to improve your muscles, the more efficient your metabolism will become and the faster you will achieve a lean and toned body.

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  • It’s never too late to start right? Even if your ‘baby’ is no longer a baby haha

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  • I was always told the number one way to shift baby weight was to breast feed. Combined with healthy eating and regular exercise……boo yah you have a winning combination

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  • thank you for the tips

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  • Thanks for this motivating article I have a few kilos to drop but am getting lazy


    • lol gotta give it your 110 percent effort

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  • Great tips! Exercising and healthy eating is so important as a mother.

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  • Great post! I just need to do it!

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  • Thanks for sharing this article; I am a fan of squats as they can be done anywhere.

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  • Thanks for sharing. My bb got eczema still cannot sleep through the night. I lose all the weight by not sleeping enough :( not healthy at all

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  • These are all things I’m currently doing hoping to see improvement soon

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  • I love using my little one as a weight! She loves it and it keeps me fit and healthy at the same time! YouTube have some great videos to follow too working out while holding your baby!

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  • thank you for a great article

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  • passing this info on to all my friends in my mothers group!! Thank you so much!!

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  • thank you for this useful information.

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  • Great, sensible tips & suggestions.

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  • great article. we should take care of our bodies

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