New mums are too busy being new mums, looking after their health and the health of their new babe, and attempting to catch up on sleep to be pondering the wherewithals of wearing a bikini again, but honestly? that’s not what getting in shape post-birth is all about. It’s about health – about tone, strength and recalibrating pelvic floor and abdominal fitness.
Author Lisa Westlake is a women’s health physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience as a fitness instructor. She is a mother of two and has run pre- and postnatal fitness classes for a decade. She lectures at Monash and Melbourne universities and is a regular media presence on both radio and television but most importantly, Lisa has a passion for helping new mothers reap the benefits of safe and effective exercise – just when they need it most.
In her newest book, Mums Shape Up, Lisa offers a smaller format book (that will fit easily in a nappy bag) with over 100 exercises and programmes for mums of all fitness levels. Most vitally, Lisa first talks of Recovery from birth before a return to Fitness – something that can easily be skipped over in this insane, celebrity-driven whip-back-to-shape-in-six-weeks world. [Read more…]