Juggling exercise with young children is a tough gig. You feel guilty for taking time for yourself, yet you feel guilty for not being fit enough to keep up with your kids. Throw in some working mother guilt, plus a little guilt for letting the house gather dust and suddenly you are exhausted from the sheer thought of adding exercise into the equation.
As mothers we share the same struggles when it comes to finding time and energy to exercise.
We are too tired, at work in our 'spare' time, still breastfeeding, the pelvic floor is shot or maybe your husband is unavailable to fill the parent gap. Working mothers are particularly time-poor. Putting health as a top priority is becoming secondary as we chase our tails keeping the kids, house and career ticking over.
Being a working mum and finding time to exercise is difficult, but it can be possible.
Trixi has given me a beautiful account of how revitalised she has become since joining PhitMums-n-Bubs and how focusing on exercise has formed the basis for empowerment in her every day. She is especially inthralled that her children's involvement means they are learning from the get go the enjoyment of exercise, reminding her to be that ever important role model, something we all need to remind ourselves as we motor through our day.
Everyday life and Importance of Fitness
Fitness becomes more important to my everyday life the more I notice the results. The results are sleeping better (even with child related wake-ups), having more mobility and energy to play with my children and increased self-confidence as my body changes back to a leaner, healthier version and my stomach loses centimeters. From this I feel I’m a happier, better mum, partner and I like to dress up more for work and going out
The two main things that motivate me to workout are the positive feelings I have about myself when I do regular exercise, and the mobility and energy I have to play with and keep up with my children. The enjoyment on their faces as I energetically chase them while riding their bikes, or play footy with them, is well worth the exercise. It is also motivating to fit back into the same size of clothing that I wore before I was pregnant with my first child and to buy some new nice fitting clothes and throw those five-year-old pregnancy and breastfeeding pyjamas, tracksuit pants and loose fitting tops away!!
Overcoming difficulties of exercise after children.
Feeling guilty for taking time away from my children to do something like exercise was the main reason I had difficulty in getting back into exercise. I also didn’t know how to fit my exercise into their routine and needs. Other excuses were that I was too tired, lethargic, busy, stuck in the daily routine of young children and back and pelvis pain from my second pregnancy that hadn’t resolved. I just didn’t know how I’d find time to exercise
Achievements since joining PhitKit Personal & Group Fitness?
It made a massive difference that my children were able to come to the workout sessions because I don’t like putting them in a crèche and don’t have family or anyone to babysit in the day. At first I was anxious about how my toddler would let me exercise or want my attention, but I found he was so happy to have his picnic while watching the group exercise. He loves joining in, and it wasn't a problem at all. Jennifer is amazing at attending to their needs.
At home, I catch my children playing games where they are doing “exercises” and workouts. Role modeling and watching me has had much more influence than me talking to them about it. So now, I'm improving my fitness, mobility, energy, muscle tone and BMI while my kids and I have great fun playing the exercise game together!
PHITKIT EXERCISE TIP
Incidental Exercise Can Help!
Running around children or simply moving our bodies around the house burns energy; not a lot, but add these Lateral Leg Raises and you're on your way to making a difference to your waistline and wellness.
Do these while at the kitchen bench preparing food or during the commercial break of Game of Thrones.
Works your hip abductors, (gluteals and outer thigh)
THAT'S A TIGHT BUTT AND SLIM THIGH LADIES!
Before embarking on sports and exercise post birth read this Fact Sheet