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I’ve been a mum for 20 months now, which means I should have post-birth bladder control underway by now, but no… Still having issues with the pelvic floor. Not only that, for some reason since bringing forth a tiny man, I seem to have lost all coordination.

Those fine motor skills ain’t so fine these days, where simple activities like “yogging with a soft j” just look awkward. #hellogumby

I used to play competitive soccer, hockey and even a bit of snowboarding during the winter months. Now, I can barely run without looking like I’m being attacked by swooping magpies. This is why I risk my dear life (I live in a dodgy neighbourhood) and run in the dark. Because it is hilarious to watch and no one should have free access to that.

Embrace The Cardio

The point is, a little bit of cardio goes a long way. Wanna lose weight? Simple. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Why make things complicated? I think we are led to believe that we need premium gym memberships to achieve results. Like the ones where you pay extra dosh just to see more nudity on music clips that play while you’re slogging it on a treadmill aspiring to look like [insert popular artist here].

You Don’t Need A Gym

While gyms are good, and definitely great for motivation, coaching and perhaps even a sense of community, hitting the pavement can be just as effective or a great supplement to your circuit training. Not only do you burn energy, but you get fresh air and can enjoy a bit of nature too (unless you run in the dark, in which case mind the bins on bin night).

Just Give It A Go!

The bottom line is that getting fit post-baby should simply be about having a go. You might have been lucky and never had to run a day in your life before you gave birth, but now you feel like you need to start.

Running is something we take for granted.

Just like with any other fitness activity, running takes practice and sometimes a little bit of help.

Get Your Feet Checked

You might be wise to visit a podiatrist to have your gait analysed before you begin running, so that you can reduce the risks of hip, knee or ankle injuries – which can destroy your running dreams completely. Some athletic shoe stores actually include this as part of their sales service when buying running shoes, which you may be interested in utilising.

Ban The Bounce

Another thing you should invest on is two good-quality sports bras. Breast bounce when running or walking damages the Cooper’s ligament, the main ligament that holds the breasts. Research by Berlei and the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) found that a 12B bust bounces 8 centimetres while running, imagine what a DD or an E cup is doing. Unfortunately, once this ligament is damaged, it’s damaged forever. Take your time selecting sports bras, ensure they are comfortable and fit you right before you start exercising in them.

There are many different styles available, so take your time and shop around for something you really love. It will make you feel better about getting dressed up to run that marathon.

Now, go get your sexy on. We’re going to buy a new sports bra.

What exercise do you do? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Walking sometimes. I can definitely relate to this article and really need to pick up my walking pace and do it more often. I’m not a runner, never have been. Although I wish I could. But it’s walking for me… and more of it.

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  • Always invest in good sports bras. I see so many people exercising without good support and it just looks painful to be honest.

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  • I agree that getting fit post-baby should simply be about having a go and you absolutely don’t have to look like a fitness model.

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  • Wow I’ve never heard of the research done on breast bouncing, very interesting! I’m an E so it’s making me cringe haha
    I’ve always wanted to run, I’ve got a long till I’ll be able to successfully go for a 5km jog but a sports bra definitely sounds like a good start!! Thanks!

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  • Omg i wish I could run, everyone that does loves it but we just have too many hills that its too hard

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  • Just do it at your own pace. Our bodies have gone through an amazing thing!

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  • You can exercise at your own pace at home if you don’t feel comfortable doing it outside you can buy a second hand walking machine one that you can walk up Hills is a Great one just do it while you are watching tv set a distance and each week increase it you will be walking Miles in no time while you are sitting down you can get a little machine that has pedels so it’s the same as riding a bike you can also put small weights around your ankles and walk around the house it will help to strengthen your leg muscles and do your pelvic exercises to strengthen your bladder you can do it while you are sitting down you will be in shape in no time believe me and at your own pace

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  • I wish I had the time to run! The only exercise I do is the housework and walking around the shops.
    I’ve got two kids under two so any time I get that’s free I use to tidy up. But pre giving birth I did run a lot. I used to wear a sports bra and a crop to top over it because I’m so paranoid about saggy boobs.

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  • I do walking. Running is not my thing although I wish i was ok at doing it.

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  • I do weights

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  • Unfortunately no exercise here…I am to lazy.

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  • I agree with the attitude of ‘having a go’ when you say “The bottom line is that getting fit post-baby should simply be about having a go”. I think each person has to take it at their pace, doing what they can. It is easy to get discouraged but staying positive is important, realizing this is only a phase (even if it lasts a few years) and that time heals everything…. of course take steps too to tackle each little problem that you come across (medical/proffessional support too if needed) and get good friendship support.

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  • Moving house and renovating are the best ways I know to shed post baby weight. You starve because you can’t find where the food got put.

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  • Easy and kind exercise here. Daily and what suits me.

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  • I hate exercise programs and running. I am all for fun like hiking and I do some very large amounts of gardening but have never and will never do any regime. Great for those that enjoy it but I see it as torcher.


    • I love enjoyable exercise too and love hiking, getting out in nature is so wonderful.

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