Sticking to that resolution to get fit can be hard work and heaven knows how many times our initially-dedicated efforts have petered out after two weeks. Throw a baby (and often other children) into the mix and you've got yourself even more of a challenge. Or do you? To help you out on your new quest we’ve done some digging and found some handy tips that will help you get on board the active train in 2018. Choo choo!
Be realistic with your goals: Next stop - buns of steel!
It’s easy enough to say on December 31st that you’re going to lose 15kg and have rock hard abs by February. It's also utterly ridiculous. Unless you have rock hard abs already, that is, in which case, good for you, Washboard. Setting goals is really important, however, to avoid the risk of disappointment and potentially giving up, be realistic with your aims. Use the SMART acronym to ensure your goals are not going to defeat you before you even start. Buns of steel may not be achievable by January 7, sorry ladies....
Adapt your resolution:
Okay, you were trying to work out at least three times a week, but bub is still not sleeping through the night and you’re so sleep deprived that walking to fridge feels like running an ultra-marathon (an ultra-marathon that results in chocolate rather than peak physical fitness). Solution? Adapt your resolution to better fit your current situation so you don’t desert your plan all together. Doing ANYTHING active is still better than nothing! Be kind to yourself and understand that you can't pour from an empty cup. If you are so tired that you are falling asleep on the treadmill, it might be that you need a nap this time.
Rope your friends in:
Studies have shown that telling family and friends about New Year’s resolutions makes a person more likely to uphold them because you have people keeping you accountable. Tell the world about your goals. Better still, convince your friends to go on this journey with you. You'll have a new walking buddy and also someone to complain with when your muscles hurt. It's win-win.
Make it as easy as possible:
Working out can be unappealing to begin with, even more so if you’re breastfeeding. I found exercising after my first baby extremely stressful because he would always want to feed mid Mum 'n' Bubs class. My existing activewear was no longer of any use to me as I had to try and pull it to the side to feed him and the elastic cut into me and was super uncomfortable. The Mammojo Lactivewear® Nursing and Breastfeeding Tops make it easy (and supportive) to breastfeed and be active in. A starving infant mid-class is now easily dealt with. P.S. I don't think you can ever underestimate the power of a fantastic pair of tights for exercise motivation.
Be safe about what exercises you do:
We cannot stress this one highly enough. Whether you're going to a gym or classes or just being more active at home, it is critical to know what exercises are safe postnatally. Do yourself and your pelvic floor a favour and see a women's health physio before embarking on any form of exercise program. Places like Revive Physiotherapy or Mummy and Co offer pre-class assessments so you can get a good picture of how things are looking and what exercises will be safe for you. Training with a certified postnatal trainer is a really good idea - the last thing you want is to hurt yourself.
Incorporate your baby and children into your workout:
Can't get out of the house to exercise? Do it at home or in your backyard and get the kids involved. They'll think it's heaps of fun, you'll be setting a great example and any form of movement is good for you. As above, make sure you get the sign off on some safe exercises first.
We hope 2018 is a fun, active and happy year for you all.