Her first step was to hire celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, who has also worked with singer Pink and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” star Paula Patton. Both stars quickly regained their pre-baby shape after their pregnancies.
“Working out should have been a part of a new mom’s regimen before she got pregnant, while she was pregnant, and for the rest of her life,” Jenkins told MTV News. “It should be part of your daily life, just like brushing your teeth or combing your hair. It’s your internal hygiene.
“The goal should not be to lose weight,” she added. “The goal should be to live a healthy life, and by working out and eating healthy, you will be happy and the weight will just fall off because you are making healthy choices.”
Jenkins says her first piece of advice is for new moms to consult with their doctor. “Once a mother receives clearance from her doctor, then her starting point depends on her fitness level,” Jenkins said.
“A weekly workout regimen should include all of the components of fitness — cardio, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance — for overall functional health and fitness and for maximum results.”
Jenkins starts with a four- or five-day-a-week mix of cardio, endurance exercises like circuit training and strength and flexibility training. The latter can include yoga and Pilates. Most importantly, she says, keep expectations real.
“A new mother has to eat healthy for herself and for her child, but she also has to live and have a good time, too,” Jenkins said. “From my experience, if you make healthy food choices 80 percent of the time and eat whatever you like 20 percent of the time, then you will have great results. I recommend to my clients to eat healthy Monday through Friday and then let go on the weekend and enjoy yourself.”
The trainer also noted that, “When people are having a good time, they are more likely to stick to their program.”
“The goal is to find activities and workouts that you enjoy so that you keep it a part of your life forever. Consistently mix it up, and enjoy working out,” she advised. “Try yoga, Pilates, playing in the park with your kids, hiking and kickboxing.”
She also recommended dancing or even walking to restart your metabolism and burn calories. For more of her advice check out her out on MTV