Zoe Saldana is one hot mama!
After gaining an estimated 70 pounds while pregnant with her twin boys, the 36-year-old mother of two is on a mission to get her body back—while maintaining a healthy attitude.
The Avatar beauty has been posting a slew of diet and fitness tips as well as videos of herself hitting the gym on her Facebook page, and, proving she's no different than any new mom, she admits the process has been both "painful" and "frustrating."
"As you all know, we welcomed twin boys last November. Yes, by far, the most amazing experience of my life, but also a very challenging experience when it pertains to my body," Saldana, who is married to Marco Perego, wrote on social media earlier this month. "I'm sure moms across the world (and dads sometimes) can identify with what I'm about to say.
Moyer has been putting my cardio tolerance to the test today with interval training. After a 12 minute warmup on the elliptical, we changed it up on the treadmill. Started out walking, then increased to a run at a slight incline until my heart rate was around 160-170 range. After it hit this range, I walked in order to get my heart rate back down to about 120, only to turn around and start the whole process all over again.We didn?t do this just once? but 10 times!36 minutes of solid working out. The thing that I learned about interval training is that even 10-15 minutes is enough to see results, with the added bonus, you can do it just about anywhere. Even switching up your cardio with jumping jacks or burpees!It?s also important to note that, every week I?m challenging myself 10-15% more than the week before. Faster pace, higher incline, more reps?that?s what training is all about: pushing yourself to do a little bit more for a period of 4 ? 5 weeks.Posted by Zoe Saldana on Thursday, April 23, 2015
"Your body changes dramatically, inside and out. You grow in places you never knew you could, and you are tired beyond belief..." she continued. "Everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed...my body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born. Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mommy, to not give up."
The Guardians of the Galaxy star added that she is "determined to get my energy back" before she returns to work and her twin sons, Cy and Bowie, start walking.
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"2 months ago I started my journey, and its been REAL- I'm not gonna lie- it is slow.... painful... and frustrating," Saldana, who gave birth in November wrote. "But it is worth it."
Saldana is currently working with longtime trainer Steve Moyer, who has switched up the star's diet and, as you can tell from Zoe's videos, is a big fan of interval training. "Every week I'm challenging myself 10-15% more than the week before. Faster pace, higher incline, more reps…that's what training is all about: pushing yourself to do a little bit more," she explained in a recent post.
I made it! After a week of postponing my workout due to life & meetings & work, I prioritized it. I prioritized myself. A good friend once told me that being self-focussed doesn't necessarily mean you are being selfish. Be self-focussed!Posted by Zoe Saldana on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
As for how she avoids those diet and fitness pitfalls when the weekend rolls around?
"By Friday I'm anxious about what I will have to do over the weekend to avoid breaking my diet," she admitted. "I find myself dreading the awesome family feast gatherings, friends inviting me over for a "wine and dine" on Saturdays, and then of course Sunday brunch. WTF!!!" (We feel you girl, brunch is tough one).
"So here is what I'm gonna start doing; I am going to remove the word 'diet' from my life," she continued, adding, "I am going to remind myself that it is not about losing weight, it is about being healthy, feeling healthy, for the rest of my life. What I am trying to do for myself and my family is create a healthy lifestyle that I can live by everyday. I want it to become second nature to us."