Exercise, be yummy mummy

Shelly Guni

Fitness and wellness coach Faith Chaodza says the secret to being a yummy mummy is simply to exercise and eat right.

Chaodza believes mothers’ bodies tend to change after pregnancy.

The GoFit founder and director who turned fitness coach a decade ago, says exercise and good nutrition fix just about everything.

The dynamic influencer, and mother of three who also walked the same journey says she has helped plenty of women snap back to being fitter and stronger through her fitness activities.

After giving birth to her last born, Chaodza was now weighing about 94kgs which she worked out to 71kgs although she is targeting 65kgs.

“It’s more important to be healthy and strong to raise another human than it is about being attractive,” she says.

She notes most women are shy because of saggy boobs, abdominal separation and weight gain as a result of their 40-weeks’ gestation period.

“Pregnant women are going to gain extra weight. Some of it will be a result of fat, which can be stubborn to get rid of, especially after having more babies,” she said.

She also mentions that new mothers suffer from breasts that shrink and drop after pregnancy, but should not be body-shamed.

“Stretch marks are another concern for mothers. Yes, this isn’t a direct result of pregnancy as most people can and do get stretch marks during the course of their life, which can be attributed to weight loss changes…,” says Chaodza.

The founder of GoFit CrossFit Centre, says body changes can be avoided if a mother does not stop exercising when they find that they are pregnant.

“CrossFit is a strength and conditioning workout that is made up of functional movement performed at a high intensity level. These movements are actions that you perform in your day-to-day life, like squatting, pulling, pushing etc.

“Exercising helps to control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood and helps you sleep better. Exercise with the guidance of a qualified personal trainer,” she says.

She also advises moms that they should ditch junk food and take in nutrient dense foods.

She says “if you can’t get outdoors or to the nearest gym, try exercise circuits posted on social media.”

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