Well, according to her trainer Anna Kaiser, it took a lot of hard work… and a little bit of ballet, body conditioning and dance cardio!
Everyone is different, but Shakira came four to five times a week. The body is exhausted from birth and bonding with the baby, so each week is different after pregnancy.
Damn! That's dedication! Plus, dance-workouts are fun, not just work! Here's how it works:
A combination of cardio, strength training and flexibility is important to lose weight and keep your body healthy. Dance is not only fun, but it can be an incredibly difficult and effective option for cardio. When combined with an effective strength and flexibility program, you get a fantastic well-rounded program with amazing results.
Apparently Shakira also did weight training, which is important no matter what your goals are! She continued:
Yes, we lifted the appropriate weight postpregnancy, as well as used her body weight as resistance to increase her strength. It's important to gradually increase the intensity of the workouts and not push too hard right away.
Start slowly and increase the intensity of your workouts as your strength and stamina improve. Listening to your body is key. When your doctor gives you the approval to begin exercising, start with 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training three to four times per week with a trainer or class focused in postpartum programming. It's important to listen to your body as everyone's experience with birth and recovery is different. But just remember—the longer you wait to get back in shape, the harder it can be.
As for diets, here's what she did:
Eating small meals throughout the day and avoiding excess sugar and caffeine will help even out your blood sugar and give you more sustained energy for all of those long nights! Plus, it will rev up your metabolism.
Sounds fun and manageable! Plus, IT WORKS!
Just look at Shakira's incredible body! So sexy!
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