How Olivia Wilde Got Her Killer Postbaby Body
Olivia Wilde graces the cover of the April issue of Shape Magazine almost a year after giving birth to adorable son Otis| and the honest actress writes her own cover story to talk about the struggles she shares with all women about getting in shape and finding what works for her. She admits she’s not “”in perfect shape”” but that it’s important to have you time by treating your body and mind well.
On her postbaby body: u201cI am not in perfect shape. In fact| Iu2019m softer than Iu2019ve ever been| including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot. The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles and I assure you| good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is| Iu2019m a mother| and I look like one.u201d
On staying fit during her pregnancy: u201cI loved being pregnant. I felt unapologetically curvy| sexy| and intensely feminine. My experience was great| largely because I stayed very strong throughout. Pilates became a healthy habit| which helped me avoid common pregnancy woes like sciatica. I did SoulCycle until I was 8 and a half months| when I was physically incapable of walking between the bikes and had convinced them to turn the air conditioning so high that my fellow spinners were actually freezing despite prolonged sprinting uphill.u201d
On doing what’s best for yourself: u201cMy initial burst of enthusiasm for postpartum exercise died down about six months into motherhood. I had thrust myself back into spinning| attempted Physique 57| spent the equivalent of a small nationu2019s GDP on Pilates| and found it all to be ‘effective|’ but not quite enticing enough to lure me away from my new baby during our precious few hours at home together. I knew the exercise was a crucial element of ‘me time|’ but it felt like leaving a karaoke bar to go take a physics exam. If I wasnu2019t at work| I just wanted to stay home and party with my little man u2014 and by ‘party|’ I mean| of course| endless rounds of the ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ Also| I like beer. And pizza. And these two ingredients are not found in the purely fictional book I like to call How to Look Like You Never Made a Human: A Guide to Socially Acceptable Motherhood.
Listen| baby or no baby| getting out of the house to exercise is a serious achievement. If youu2019re going to haul your behind to a class| itu2019s not going to be for anyone else; not your partner| nemesis| mother| or tabloid bloggers u2014 just you. And your special relationship with your own damn fat cells. For me| the bottom line (pun intended) is that the workout is fun. I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is to your body. I donu2019t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. Iu2019d rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off . . . literally.u201d
Read the full interview in the April 2015 issue of Shape Magazine| available on newsstands now.