For modern mums, the pressure is on – to look good, and look after their little one. For many new mums health and fitness is a priority, but there’s often just not enough time to fit it into their routine. We caught up with Kimberly Wyatt to find out about the changes and challenges she’s faced as a new mum, and how she’s fitted her fitness aims around being a busy mum!
Currently you’re appearing on Celebrity MasterChef – and making some delicious meals! How do you balance the temptation to indulge on the show with your health and fitness goals?
I try and keep everything as balanced as I can. As the competition got harder I had to dig deeper for recipe ideas the judges would love. This meant pulling from past experiences I’ve had with fine dining dishes that made an impact on my taste buds. I did what I felt was necessary to show off in the kitchen, which meant indulging here and there. I just made sure that I got a taste and the rest of the sugary stuff went to bellies that didn’t mind having it there.
Has your experience on MasterChef changed your approach to cooking? Will your family be benefitting from your new culinary skills?
My family and friends are already benefitting from my new culinary skills! I’ve got the confidence to go for it now. Learning to eat the seasons and source the best ingredients is the best piece of knowledge I’ve taken from this experience. This allows me to EAT CLEAN, which I think is so important!
Being a dancer keeps you incredibly fit; becoming pregnant must have been a big change for your body. Did you keep exercising throughout your pregnancy?
It was a huge change for my body. It was so important to me to enjoy and embrace the changes that happen, as the boobs and belly expand and I actually found it quite funny. My husband would wake up to me giggling to myself at the reflection in the mirror…I didn’t really even recognize myself at times. Exercise was the key to having a chilled pregnancy. It kept me sane when any sort of anxiety made me feel like I wanted to jump out of my skin due to the aches and pains I couldn’t free myself from. All that weight sure takes a toll on your back!
How did your body let you know that you were ready to get back into exercise after birth?
I knew because of my intuition and doctor’s advice. Having danced for over 25 years it’s quite difficult to sit still. After long hours stuck on my bum in one position while feeding Willow I would feel the need to do gentle stretches and I worked my pelvic floor as soon as my body felt ready for it. Slow and steady wins the race, not that I was racing to get my body back, but I certainly wanted to feel mobile and more like me again.
What challenges can new mums expect when starting their first workouts after giving birth?
I can’t speak for all women but for me the biggest challenge is creating a solid relationship with your pelvic floor and knowing how to engage it during all exercises. There is still a separation in most women’s ab muscles and you have to rehab them back together before you can progress in your fitness. Not to mention the battle with exhaustion and hormones!
As a mum in the spotlight, you must have experienced pressure to look a certain way soon after birth. How do you deal with this scrutiny?
It sucks that we live in a world that celebrates and scrutinizes the way women look above all else. Ultimately I do feel the pressure but I work as hard as I can to make my life have more purpose than a headline. I want to feel good, I want to do great things, and I want to be an inspiration to my daughter…nothing else should really matter. When I feel scrutinized I do what I can to not allow it to make me feel small and combat it with what I love about life…living it. I am who I am and I am proud of the choices I have made to become this person. When it gets to be too much and I do feel affected by scrutiny, I have a good cry and attack the next day with a renewed headspace. I’m only human.
Having a baby is bound to have an effect on your body shape – what would you say to a new mum who is struggling with her post-baby body?
One of the most important relationships you have is the one you have with yourself. Be kind to yourself with your thoughts and if you don’t feel proud of how you look then start doing the work you need to change that. Remember you sacrificed your body for 9 months to have your little one and that sacrifice is the coolest thing a woman can do in my opinion. Be proud!
From changing nappies to midnight feeds, having a baby can be very busy! How have you adapted your fitness routine around the demands of life as a new mum?
I find ways to include her or I wait until she is asleep. Fortunately I have the support and help of my husband so we play fitness tag team so we both get our fitness time in. My #MumOnAMission programme is also great as it is just 24 minutes, 7 days a week so it is manageable.
You’ve said in the past that you’re a big fan of hot yoga – will you be giving baby yoga a go?
Yes! I’ve been doing baby yoga and I love it! Knowing that I get to share the things I love and have had a real positive impact on my life with Willow makes me feel proud to be her Mummy.
You’ve been a dancer since you were a young girl – has your daughter, Willow, shown any signs of inheriting your dance moves?
She loves a boogie!! When I work on my DJ sets at home we always have a few boogies and her face just beams with a huge smile. We were just at the Cornbury festival and I took her to the kids dance tent where they were teaching Bhangra dancing, we joined in and there she was stomping her feet to the music and loving sharing a dance with her Mummy. So yes, I think so!
What are your changing bag essentials for a day out with Willow?
Nappies, Cow and Gate Formula, bottle, Binky, Moo Cow (rattle), stacking cups, muslins, hand sanitizer, changing mat, teething granules, change of clothes (just in case), a sun hat, and some food with a spoon.
With the #MumOnAMission campaign, appearing on MasterChef and looking after your lovely daughter, you must be tired at the end of the day! How do you and your husband like to relax when you’ve got a bit of down time?
We love to do what I would think most couple’s do – share some very chilled time in front of the telly! We also love making and eating good food, taking our dogs for long walks in the park, and watching Grand Designs while dreaming and conversing about our future dream home!
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