The appearance of loose skin when you’re on a weight-loss journey can be disheartening. Although exercise alone won’t return your skin back to its former shape, there are some things that you can do to improve the way it looks.
The skin is an amazing organ of the body. Its ability to stretch and shrink to accommodate our ever-changing physique is incredible. However, some people can get disheartened and become unmotivated when they find that their exercise routine seems to be making their body appear to be loose and saggy, instead of buff and toned. Unfortunately, sometimes loose skin, especially after drastic weight loss, can’t be improved because it’s been stretched out for such a long time. For many people, however, there are several ways they can improve this problem and boost their confidence in the process.
I experienced drastic weight gain during pregnancy when I was pregnant with triplets. It took a long time for my skin to recover after pregnancy. It’s still not perfect, but my positive approach is to connect with women who have had a similar experience. I know you’ll understand when I say that finding ways to avoid bending when in a swimsuit, or sitting on a sun lounger in just the right position to avoid the wrinkles, takes practice. Feeling good and being healthy is what truly matters most. When you focus on the positives, the negatives seem less of a problem.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).