Have you had your baby recently?
This video walks you through 3 must-do exercises all new mums should be doing on a regular basis.
Caring for a newborn baby takes its toll on the upper and lower body, and, energy levels pending, exercise can really help reduce those aches and pains.
Covering upper and lower body exercise ideas, all you need is a resistance band, and off you go.
Give your shoulders, upper back, thighs, backside and core a workout now!
Want to learn more about postnatal exercise?
Check out Postnatal Pilates Worksheets which you can download and get started on straight away.
If your pelvic floor isn’t as strong as it was pre-pregnancy Your Pelvic Matters Exercise Class is your first port of call.
And/or the infamous indoor buggy workout Mummies and Buggies fitness classes where babies come too!
Expecting a baby and want to prepare your body for labour, motherhood and beyond?
Here are 3 easy exercises that are essential for every pregnant women to perform, at any stage of pregnancy.
Grab a resistance band for this workout, set your timer for 45 seconds work, and 15 seconds rest.
Get the heart pumping, tone muscles with weaken and stretch muscles which need releasing.
If you’re pregnant and want to learn more about how to align yourself, keep aches and pains at bay and decrease your symptoms of back and pelvic pain, click here to book your space on my next Pregnancy Pilates course in West Bridgford, Tuesdays at 6:15pm.
If you’re pregnant and want flexible attendance – never fear – my Bump to Babe pregnancy fitness classes allow you to start whenever you’re ready, and flexibility to switch classes if you need to.
Suitable for any stage in pregnancy, and a heck of a lot of fun – my pregnancy fitness classes offer you cardio, toning, Pilates, pelvic floor, stretching and relaxation, and if you miss a week here or there – it doesn’t matter.
Bump to Babe pregnancy fitness classes are held on Mondays at 6pm in Lady Bay.
If you’ve had your baby recently and want to know how to adapt movements and care for your newborn baby, check out my Mummies and Buggies (indoor) postnatal buggy classes.
And, at ClaireMockridge.com, you’ll also find Your Pelvic Matters: a labour-preparation, pelvic pain and pelvic floor rehab class suitable for women at any stage of pregnancy, and past their 6-week postnatal check.
Here’s a fat-burning, butt-burning, circuit-style workout that every new mum should do.
If the glutes are weak, they can affect pelvic floor health and function, so strengthening your backside should form the focus of every new mum’s exercise regime.
Burn fat, tone your butt and get yourself fit for motherhood!
Want to get fit, tone up and come along to an exercise class with baby?
Join a mum and baby fitness class – Get fit, have fun, make new mummy friends and bring baby with you!
If you don’t do something NOW to get back into shape after birth, it may be even longer before you’re your old self again.
Even when you’re at your worst, I’m certain with a bit of willpower and a change in mindset, you can find 10 minutes in your day to exercise with these tips.
Want to learn more about postnatal exercise?
Check out my Postnatal Pilates Worksheets, Your Pelvic Matters Exercise Class if your pelvic floor isn’t as strong as it was pre-pregnancy, and/or my indoor buggy workout Mummies and Buggies fitness classes.
I received an email a month or so ago from a new mummy client of mine who comes to Mummies and Buggies with this question:
I think one thing that I would like is more advice on what to eat whilst breastfeeding. Us mums are craving carbs and sugar, and eating loads of rubbish like that is obviously not good for us, but I also find it can make me feel a bit down in the dumps/not sleep well etc.
A feature on what are the best foods to eat whilst breastfeeding to keep our energy levels going & stop snacking as much would be very welcome I’m sure.
So, I’m here today to give my top tips on beating the sugar cravings, and give you ideas on what sorts of foods you should be eating as a new mum who’s breastfeeding, or a pregnant mum who’s busy growing a human or two inside themselves.
‘Snacking’ isn’t really what I’m going with here, by the way. We’re not cows, ok? Three meals a day should be more than enough.
Sure, the guidelines in late pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding state that you need around an extra 200 calories per day to sustain the demands on your body.
I’ve never been one to count calories – what your body needs is solid nutrients – that is the difference in the message I’m sending here.
Here’s an example:
- One chicken breast = 197 calories, 0.00g carbs, 7.79g fat, 29.80g protein
- One aero bar = 221 calories, 25.2g of carbs, 12.30g fat and 2.10g protein
14 02 2016
Fancy a little chocolate treat?
St Valentine’s Day looming?
An Anniversary dinner coming up?
Here you go!
My fluffy clean-eating chocolate muffins, using coconut flour.
If you’ve ever tried to bake with coconut flour before and failed, my heart goes out to you!
Coconut flour is hard to bake with – it’s often very absorbent, but I promise you these cupcakes won’t leave your mouth dry, ok?
07 02 2016
As it’s Pancake Day soon, I thought I’d give you a little recipe which is not only filling and healthy, but also clean-eating too!
For those of you who like me, are following a clean eating lifestyle nowadays, you’ll be pleased to know that even though you may be saying ‘no’ to preservatives, sugar and sweet treats…
…there’s no reason you can’t have a pancake on Shrove Tuesday.
So here goes:
14 01 2016
One thing that people struggle with when they switch to clean-eating, is giving up bread.
I’m here to tell you – you don’t have to do without bread in your quest for a clean-eating lifestyle…
…you just need to know how to make clean-eating bread instead.
I don’t eat a lot of bread nowadays, but every now and then I fancy some soldiers with a boiled egg…
…or, an accompaniment to my green soup recipe…
So, it’s nice once in a while to have some bread which DOESN’T bloat my stomach.
If you’re anything like me, I LOVE chicken.
I do however, find it a tad dry when it’s oven-baked.
Here’s a handy tip for keeping your chicken breasts tender, moist and most of all – full of flavour, the next time you decide to oven back them.
Ok, as you can see from the picture, I’ve wrapped 3 chicken breasts in bacon.
Not only does it keep your chicken fillets from drying out – the bacon gives it tonnes of flavour too.
I buy bacon from our local Butcher’s.
Well, when I say ‘local’, it’s a good 4-mile round trip up and down hills, but it’s a nice way to take a walk, get out into the sunshine and fresh air, and know that you’re giving your mind and body a good workout at the same time.
Not only is the bacon good quality, it’s lean and our Butcher knows exactly where it’s come from.
One rasher of bacon is all you need for each chicken fillet, and to be honest, I put mine in the fridge for a few hours before they hit the oven, but this is not completely necessary to do.
Chicken breasts take about 30-40 minutes to cook at 180 degrees.
Spice up your roasted veg with garlic, fresh herbs and a bit of seasoning.
Let me know if you enjoyed this recipe.
But most of all, pop a comment below if you’re going to try it out!
Thanks so much.
If you’ve recently switched to clean-eating, or want to shift a few pounds, breakfast is one of the harder aspects of our diet to change.
We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but switching from a ‘quick and simple’ bowl of cereal (which is highly toxic and laced with sugar)….
to a protein-packed breakfast instead, can be difficult.
What you need to do when switching to eating more protein at breakfast time is think about it more as a ‘lunch-style’ breakfast.
Below, I’ve listed a few pictures of the food I regularly eat for breakfast.
You’ll see they contain very few ingredients, are simple to put together, AND delish to eat.
So, when it comes to clean-eating, breakfast is often the HARDEST meal to change.
How quick is it normally, to just rush out the door, grab a slice of toast, a bowl of cereal and/or a breakfast bar, eh?
It’s very tempting, isn’t it?
But, when you’re trying to burn fat, give your system the BEST start for the day and stay fuller for longer, protein is definitely the way forward.
Read through those quick, simple, ‘normal’ breakfast examples above and tell me how much protein is contained in them?