A Melbourne mum, who shed 27 kilos without leaving her apartment, has shared the tricks she used to do it.
Wilda Fox, 28, made the most of the times her baby boy, Harley, was asleep in order to work out – using her own body weight to transform her shape.
Her exercise routine involved doing squats, jogging on the spot, burpees and planks.
After giving birth to her son in 2016, Wilda - who weighed around 80 kilos - says she felt ‘disconnected’ from her body.
She began doing 20-minute sessions at home - then she began following her routine with a one-hour walk with Harley.
Within six months she had lost her pregnancy weight and more – dropping to 53 kilos.
Now, Wilda helps others to transform their lives using body weight exercises only via her website, Bodyweight Built, and Instagram page.
Here Wilda shares her top tips for getting in shape and staying that way with New Idea.
‘Goals will give you direction and purpose to what you are doing,’ says Wilda. Break these goals down into sub-goals. So, for example, you may have a one-year goal, break that up into smaller goals of 9,6,3-month goals to help you know you are on track.
‘If you have a 1-month goal, break that into weekly goals and the weekly goals can be broken down into daily goals.
‘I find this helps keep everything in perspective and saves yourself from becoming overwhelmed.’
Think about food
‘You need to be aware of what and how much you put into your body,’ Wilda says.
‘If you are trying to slim down, you need to be eating less than what you are burning.
‘There is such as thing as too much of a good thing! Even 'healthy' foods can cause fat gain if you're eating more than you need.’
Wilda explains that she starts her day with oats and banana with almond milk, before having a salad with vegetable patties for lunch and barbecue chicken with fried kale and brown rice for dinner.
Have realistic expectations
‘This ties into goal setting and not having crazy, unrealistic expectations on yourself that will lead to frustration and potential disappointment,’ Wilda explains.
‘Know your limits and challenge them slightly. If you are extremely busy with other areas of your life it's unrealistic to say you will exercise for hours a day, instead, you could aim for 30 mins a day.’
Bring activity into your daily life
‘Simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or getting off at the train/bus stop a fraction earlier so you walk the rest of the way add up to make a huge difference,’ Wilda says.
Don't over exercise
‘Too much exercise can actually do more harm than good,’ she warns.
‘When you exercise it stresses your body and therefore your body needs time to recover, heal and come back stronger.
‘If you are constantly making it work above its limits, it breaks down.’
Look after yourself
‘I workout 5-6 days a week for only 20-30 mins at a time and will take extra rest days if I feel I need it mentally and/or physically,’ Wilda says.
‘If you are constantly tired, stressed and have muscle soreness, it may be a signed that you need a rest.’
For more from Wilda visit her Instagram page