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Eliza

Eliza's Tips on Looking Amazing for Christmas

As we draw a close to Summer and welcome in Autumn, we are faced with the daunting fact, like every year - Christmas is just weeks away!

Just like every year, we make plans - “I’m going to look amazing for the holiday season!” But, before we know it, the tree is up and we are stuffing our face. Yep, let’s all be honest, we start gorging on bad treats way before the big man comes down the chimney.

But, what if things could be different this year? What if you could finally welcome in the Christmas season looking better than you’ve ever looked? Well, in this article I’m going to give you 4 proven tips on how to stay focused on doing just that!

 

Drink water before every meal

Let’s start with one of the most simple - yet effective - methods and it’s basically drinking water. Studies have shown that, if we sip water regularly throughout the day, we will not only flush out excess water from our body, it will also curb our appetite, meaning we won’t find ourselves with our hands in the biscuit tin as often.

 

Add some natural diuretics to your diet

What the heck is a natural diuretic I hear you ask? Don’t worry, it’s not as technical as it sounds. It’s simply a number of herbs and fruits you can add to your diet plan, which will help flush your body of toxins and speed up your metabolism at the same time.

You don’t need a lab or anything to source them! They’re easily found in our supermarket. I’d recommend adding things like green tea, watermelon and celery to your food plan. This will help keep the bloat at bay too!

 

Don’t buy a dress that doesn’t fit!

I’ve heard many ladies do this in the past and I totally understand the reasoning behind it…

“I’ll buy a dress two sizes too small, so then I HAVE to fit into it by Christmas!”

It sounds like a great idea doesn’t it? But it’s not. What if you don’t lose two dress sizes in by Christmas but end up toning up and adding muscle? What if you lose more than two dress sizes?! 

Wait until a week before your target date and THEN go and purchase your dress. Your body will change in ways you didn’t expect, so, you might find a dress you love now, which will look completely different in a few months time.

Don’t worry, we will shop that sexy number nearer the time.

 

Join my 12-week program

A helping hand is always great for motivation, when it comes to sticking to a long term goal. There are so many temptations along the way! Not only that, if you don’t have the right plan in place, you may go weeks without seeing much change.

So, I’ve created a 12-week transformation plan, which will guarantee you see results before Christmas. It includes both workout and nutritional plan and if you sign up today, you’ll get a special early bird discount - click here to see what it’s all about. What do you have to lose?


Eliza

3 ways a new mum can get back into fitness!

 

First of all, if you’re reading this and you have just become a Mummy, congratulations! I’m sure you’re pretty drained at the moment, but don’t worry - it’s going to be an amazing time in your life. How do I know? Because, I’m here to help you and I’ve helped many new mums find that much-needed boost!

When I say boost, I’m talking about getting back into the swing of things. Yes, it was all great eating for two for 9 months, but let’s face it, we all want to get our pre-pregnancy body back!

But, I also understand that this time of your life is one of the most demanding. Late night feeds paired with early morning baby-sounding alarms can overwhelm the body and the mind. So, how do we do it? How do you get motivated after having a baby?

 

I’ll tell you...

 

Breaking up your routine in small digestible chunks.  

I’m going to start with the most important in my opinion - which is time. Having a baby is a 24-hour job. Being a new mummy makes gym attending quite tough. Plus, the majority of most gym classes are at least an hour and that doesn’t even include getting changed, taking a shower and everything else! 

The main solution here is to break your routine into sizeable chunks. If you want to work out for an hour a day, then maybe break it into 15 minute slots, while your baby sleeps.

There is also the added bonus of our buggyfit classes, meaning you can workout while your baby snoozes in the pram! 

Don’t priortise your chores over exercising. Your chores can wait until the evening or can be passed onto the other half in your life. It’s important for your well-being to have some time for yourself and fit in exercise, so make this priority.

 

Seek out a trainer who will help you exercise safely.

Giving birth is quite a demanding task to say the least! It can also take it’s toll on your body. In this case, you may be concerned about what exercises you can do and what you can’t do.

Firstly, if this is the case with you, I’d avoid going to a generic gym class, as it may not be suitable for your body right now. I’d recommend seeking out a trainer, who has expertise in post natal fitness. 

If you wish, you can contact me and we can discuss your needs and any questions you may have in discretion.

 

Can’t find a babysitter? Bring baby along!

Ok, so if you’ve visited my website or my social media before, you may already be aware of our buggyfit classes. These classes banish the stress of looking for a babysitter and all you to work out with your baby and new mummys alike!

Let’s face it, not all of us have babysitters available and our buggyfit classes are a perfect way to bond with the new person in your life.

In fact, come and join us this week and see how our fun classes can help you get started! 


Eliza

4 Tips for Keeping Your Child Cool this Summer

This summer, we’ve seen some record highs when it comes to heatwaves! As lovely as the weather is and our bronzed skin, it still comes with precautions - especially for babies. So, how do you keep your baby cool during the summer heatwave? In this article, I’m going to give you 5 proven tips to keep your child cool during hot days.

 

Hydration is a must!

In the summer heat, we go through fluid-loss, which is why we drink more. Babies and infants are much more sensitive to this than adults. Just losing small amounts of fluids can be severe for youngsters.

There are early warning signs of dehydration - the obvious being feeling thirsty, lightheaded and your child having having concentrated, strong-smelling urine.

The simple solution is to ensure your child drinks plenty of water. If you're breastfeeding you won’t need to give them water as well as breast milk, but you may find your baby is thirstier and wants to breastfeed more than usual.

If your child is already eating solid foods, I’d recommend opting for cooled boiled water throughout the day as well as their usual feeds.   

 

Nappy-free time!

An added welcome for your child, during the heat, will be nappy-free periods. This will help your child feel much more comfortable and help bare the heat. It will also help to stop rashes flaring up, as nappies make lock sweat into the creases of the legs. 

Remember, it’s about making your child comfortable. A simple moisture matt can suffice while they’re enjoying some nappy-free moments - just in case!

 

Keep them shaded

Canopies can become god-sends - well, at least some of them. You may find a few which barely give any shade at all! If you’re unfortunate enough to have a stroller canopy, which doesn’t cover enough of your child, you can invest in a canopy extender. These will help keep your child shaded and cool during your outdoor trips!

 

Make your pram cooler!

A great little trick to make your child’s pram cooler is by adding what I like to call and Ice sandwich. To do this, simply get two bottles of water and freeze them overnight. Then, when you’re ready to head out on your journey, take the two frozen bottles, wrap them with a hand towel and place one on each side of your child in the pram. 

This will be sure to make a much cooler experience for your little one. Just one tip - only fill up the bottles to half way to avoid them bursting in your freezer!

 

Final Thought

Yes the summer months are hot for us all, but for your child it’s much more tougher. By following the steps I’ve provided, your little one will enjoy summer that little bit more! Please feel free to pop down to my Buggyfit classes in Wandsworth and Tooting and we can talk even more about it!