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‘I don’t have much time to be healthy any more’ says Olympian Rebecca Adlington

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Adlington says becoming a mother to son summer is child’s play compared to competitive swimming

competitive swimming is “brutal, it’s horrible, it’s painful. you’re tired all the time and literally feel battered, bruised and physically exhausted,” says Rebecca Adlington Olympic.

Some might say jokingly that this sounds like perfect preparation for having a baby. However the star surprise of the Beijing Games and the golden girl of London 2012 says that every time a mom summer baby is child’s play in comparison “and so rewarding”

The double medalist gold explains:… “swimming is 99 percent training and racing of one percent only get one chance a year to get it right Or if you are talking about the Olympics have to wait four years for the .. chance of a reward When you’re a mom every day is rewarding “

summer completed its first year in June and Rebecca, 27, he says:” As a parent, you sometimes think, ” How I could love this person more than me? “But love keeps growing and growing.

” Every mother tells me not really understand until it happens to you and that is so true. “

she may be a mother in media attention but there is something refreshingly real about the attitude of Rebecca with parenthood.. When she and the father of summer, former swimmer Harry needs, they announced that they separated earlier this year was no public scenes or leggings social media, just a simple announcement, which set their priorities

they said, “We we move forward with respect for others and our focus and commitment is in raising our daughter gorgeous summer. “

Rebecca likes to cook from scratch, but does not” super foods. “

rebecca adlington holding daughter Summer Instagram / Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington summer’s daughter

“you read about some super foods and think, ‘Hang on, I can get at the supermarket? “Sometimes I look at recipes and see 16 or 17 ingredients and think, ‘Who has the time?” I do not, “he says,” I need something quick and easy. “

body-shame to see so many new mothers struggle to lose her baby weight before they have even left the maternity ward was also shaken.

” I’m still more than when I was competing, I do not know if I’ll lose, but I do not care and I’m not precious about it. I think it shows that I had a healthy baby.

“As much as I would be very healthy and all that I have time. I do not want give up time with the summer to be in the gym worry about going into tight jeans. I want summer to see his mother being healthy.”

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Rebecca Adlington has been providing comments poolside at the Olympic Games in Rio

A recent survey found that 65 percent of mothers avoid teach their children to swim because they feel self-conscious to be seen in a swimsuit.

“it is difficult when you hear statistics like that,” he says. Rebecca took summer swimming for the first time when he was only three weeks old and “she loves us” but she admits: “I do not want to put on a suit three weeks after giving birth. It is taking your child to swim and enjoy the time together, not what they seem. “

That is why it is supporting a campaign by Change4Life, the Association of Amateur Swimming and Disney for children and mothers in motion during the summer holidays.

” Since I left the competitive swimming a few years ago I understand how difficult it can be to fit exercise into a busy routine and make it fun. As a mother who is even more difficult.

“However passionate about inspiring the next generation to get active.” Unlike the old swimming courses, the focus is on fun.

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Adlington He is passionate about inspiring the next generation to be active

“All I can remember swimming lessons was jumping in a pool with pajamas on and having to find a black brick “Rebecca says, is why we are helping to promote swimming sessions inspired by the film Finding Dory children. The lessons of one hour are designed to teach swimming skills and encourage children to get 60 minutes of vigorous activity each day recommended.

Only 21 percent of men and 16 percent of girls are hitting this target which may help explain why childhood obesity is at epidemic levels, with almost a third of young people aged between two and 15 now classified as overweight or obese. The Finding Dory swim sessions are led by qualified histories of use and activities instructors and to provide bursts of 10 minutes of activity that experts also say they are essential for children to be healthy.

Now a mother, Rebecca says her greatest health priority remains “disease-free” so it may seem surprising that she chose to fly to Rio to provide feedback with the pool for the BBC. Many golfers high profile is due to compete in the Olympics took citing concerns about the Zika virus, although cynics have suggested the lack of prize money was the real reason for his reluctance to travel to Brazil.

summer stays at home with dad Harry and Rebecca admits: “Of course I worry Zika, but I’m not looking to get pregnant again in the short term and the time comes to taking precautions. we are told all information on best insect repellents for use. “

is also an opportunity for Rebecca to catch up on some sleep. During the first seven months of summer he was born sleep deprivation became a daily struggle, but things were starting to settle when he started teething.

“Two teeth are coming in right now and that’s just the worst nightmare in the world,” Rebecca says. “It’s horrible when they are in so much pain.”

Another concern that many mothers share, is the food. “Summer is so picky about food. It’s the only thing that does not take after me with,” he laughs. “I’m not a picky eater at all, I love food.

” Summer wants to eat everything herself so she can not pick it up if she did not eat it. It’s been a bit of a challenge and likes the things he likes. Sometimes I think, ‘My God, what am I doing wrong? “However, I have spoken with health and doctors and they all say if you’re hungry you eat.”

Summer In other ways it is much a chip at the starting point of age. Rebecca says, “I would be very surprised if you get to not be very sporty and active

.” She is already so independent and knows exactly what he wants to do. She never stays still, I think it should be the ever busy baby. “

Find Change4Life online and find Minute 10 Disney-inspired shake Dory activities, or book a swim in disney.co.uk/justkeepmoving

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