Congratulations! You’ve become a mum!! Well done you. Producing a tiny human is no mean feat. I remember before my son was born thinking to myself – “I know this baby will take up every minute of everyday” (and then some)! But I just couldn’t get my head around how that would actually happen. Then of course when he arrived (16 hours of labour and one trip to the operating theatre later) the reality began to become clear.... Feeding every couple of hours for up to an hour at a time, changing nappies and attempting to get some sleep became a huge challenge and I began to wonder how things would ever improve. How would life ever return to some sort of normality? But of course, gradually it did and the time between the feeds lengthened, and he grew. Here we are 9 years later. But I still remember the utter exhaustion of those early weeks – I always think that you never really know the meaning of feeling tired until you have a baby! There’s a lot of pressure on mum’s these days to lose the babyweight, and how did the latest celebrity get her figure back so quick? Well, she probably has a housekeeper, nanny, chef, personal trainer....
Anyway. If you were fit before your baby came along you’ll probably be keen to get back to it – which is great! And if you were not fit before you became a mum you may find that you want to change that – which is also great! Being a parent is a huge responsibility and it can make you look at your life and your priorities in a different way. Exercise is a good way to help your body recover and also to help you lose the babyweight, if that’s what you need to do. It’s also brilliant for helping if you’re feeling a bit low, which is very common when you’re exhausted after being up all night and feeling a bit fragile.
But how on earth do you fit it in with the demands of a baby to juggle not to mention finding a babysitter if you want to go to the gym or a class? Well, I won’t lie to you and tell you it’s easy! I have been there twice, and my fitness levels have come and gone over the years too – I’m not super-human! But here’s a few tips to help you along the way...
So those are my top tips for getting back to exercise. I’d love to hear if you have any ideas too, so please feel free to comment below or contact me if you’d like more information.
Exercise For Mum's was created by PT mum Susan Flintoff. Susan is a busy working mum of two who specialises in helping other busy mum's fit health and fitness back into their lives, and hopes to inspire them to be the best mum they can be!!