Mama Doodles

The summer holidays are almost here. Are you beach-body ready? Hmm, I’m not quite there mentally yet, I admit. Despite the odd morning yoga flex on the kitchen floor, exercise went out of the window when I had Riley. I used to be really good – well OK, I was only really good in the lead-up to my wedding, if I’m honest. I got my mojo on, I PT’d three times a week with weights and ate a lot of kale. It was not a fun time but it was a distraction in the run-up to the big day. After all, I figured those photos were going to be on the wall for life…

It’s not that I don’t like exercise – I am a keen swimmer and revisit my synchronised swimming days whenever I get in a pool. It’s always a great shock moment on holiday when I pull one of those moves! Synchro was the best exercise in my teenage years. It gives you a full-body workout and a killer figure. But I realise it’s probably not going to sweep the nation anytime soon, no matter how much I bang on about it.

My second favourite is yoga. But it has to be power yoga; multiple, fast, vinyasas. Slow yoga doesn’t do it for me. I’m fortunate to have a yoga studio on my street and practise whenever I get a spare hour.

Kate Hudson is one of our clients – and I’ve spent a lot of time grilling her about her secrets. She has the body of dreams! She has taught me to just have fun with it, and food wise, eat everything in moderation. She is not a mad dieter and doesn’t shy away from sugar or alcohol, which was a relief to hear. Kate advised me to “build up a sweat” at least once a day – but this can be doing simple things with your kids. Strap the baby to you and go for a long walk, or put on your trainers and go for a run with the buggy. We can all find five minutes in our hectic schedules. Here are my four fave moves:


Every morning, when I am with Riley, I do squats. I say: “We go up and we go down.” She finds this hilarious. I lift her up in the sky, arms raised, then squat down low. I’m working my glutes, biceps and triceps when I do this, and she thinks it’s funny and laughs a lot, so it’s a win-win situation.


I do these round the house, whilst distracting Riley with a tennis ball. I get her to roll it to me and wherever she rolls it to, I squat and get it!


On my back, I put Riley on my hips, and to the tune, I do up and down hip movements, my feet on the floor. A hip lift works glutes and legs.


I also like putting music on loud and dancing with Riley in my arms. Five minutes of Beyoncé will get anybody’s heart rate up.

Wherever you are –  regardless of how many kiddies you have, you can always find time for a forward lunge. Even if it is in the direction of the fridge to get a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc. As Kate says: “Everything in moderation.” Beach-body ready? We’ll get there…