PHOTOGRAPHER: Shawn Kei
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The importance of exercise has become so much greater since becoming a mother. It has always been something I believe is crucial to over all health and well being but since becoming a Mummy I now need the strength. As a model it is my job to look good and honestly that’s something that is important to us all no matter what our jobs right? Why, because it makes us feel happy and confident. When we feel good we perform better in our jobs, lives and relationships. It’s not about perfection it’s about feeling and being the best version of yourself.
To be honest lately (when I say lately I mean since my second daughter Freija was born. The last 2 years) I have really struggled to find the time, strength or energy to workout. The life of a working Mum with 2 kids under 2 is a challenge for anyone. Recently due to health issues that have arisen it has become very clear to me that I can no longer make excuses for myself anymore. I can’t blame Freija for everything hahaha. I need to remind myself that there is enough time in a day, all I need to do is set aside 30 mins every other day.
After India was born I was in the best shape of my life. I was back to an even better version of myself than post pregnancy in just 4 months. I did have help. Myself and a few girlfriends joined personal training sessions at a gym called JAB twice a week for an hour each time. There I learnt basic exercises that anyone can do at home and honestly they transformed my body so quickly. Now these hour session were hard, so bloody hard. Sometimes I thought I might vomit but it worked and I always felt amazing after.
So how do I get back to feeling amazing, strong and confident again? With your help. Im going to share some exercises I believe we can all do at home 4 times a week. Exercises that I learnt in the personal training sessions I did after India but a little less intense.
Here is our first set of 3 exercises. Each set will need to be repeated 3 times and will take around 30 mins for you to finish.
Lets #getmoving together
FULL SIT UPS
- Lie on your back on an exercise mat. Plant your feet about hip distance apart and bend your knees.
- Place your hands on the back of your neck where it attaches to your head. Point your elbows to the side.
- Exhale and pull your belly button into your spine while gently raising your torso to a position a few inches away from your thighs. Hold for 1-2 seconds.
- Slowly curve your spine to return to your original position.
1 set is equal to 20-30 times depending on your fitness level. Repeat 3 times with a short break in between each set.
- Stand facing away from the bench. Place one foot flat on the bench while keeping torso upright.
- Slowly squat down bending your back knee and keeping your posture straight.
- Your back knee should almost touch the ground and your front knee should always remain behind your toes.
- Slowly return to original position and start again.
1 set is equal to 10-15 times per leg depending on your fitness level. Repeat full sets 3 times on each leg with a small break in between sets.
- Place your forearms on the ground with elbows aligned under shoulders, clasp hands together. Lift up onto your toes while keeping back flat.
- Slowly draw one knee up to the same sides elbow.
- Do your best to make your elbow and knee touch (I still have a little trouble touching)
- Return to original plank position and repeat on opposite side.
For this exercise I find it best to try to do it as many times as you can within a time limit. Start with 1 minute if you can. As you get stronger you can increase this time. Your doing 3 sets though so don’t go crazy. Then take a minute rest in between and repeat 3 times in total.