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I’m a huge fan of health and fitness. Aren’t we all these days? I seriously think you must be hiding under a rock if you are ignorant to your own health and well being. A very BIG rock. In a time when illness and diseases are at an all time high and no known answers as to why the majority of them exist, I take my health and that of my family pretty darn seriously. It’s easy to get caught up in fact and science, but I failed science at school, so I don’t bother. I listen to my body now. I probably didn’t listen to it in my 20’s. I didn’t have time. But as I entered my 30’s, a shift took place within me. Suddenly you don’t worry so much about the world around you, you spend more time exploring the amazing shell that houses you. And it’s pretty cool.
Fuel is the most important part of it. You fuel your body with premium wholefoods and you’ll feel like making plans for world domination. But first, you’ll take a selfie. Because your hair, skin, nails and digestion will be glowing like a full moon. Then you’ll have a magnetic pull towards the outdoors, where you’ll use those two feet and move like you’ve never moved before. Once you’ve moved, you’ll have this rush of euphoria where those plans of domination actually seem real. Let’s get ready to rock baby.
Finding the motivation to exercise when you’ve got a little person screaming at you in some foreign language, or a list of household chores bigger than Santa’s Xmas list is HARD. Trust me, I know. But one thing I do know is that is doesn’t take motivation in the beginning. It takes COMMITMENT. Once you commit to making time and you stick to it, you will then be motivated naturally on a daily basis. Right, let’s stop here for a minute. Let me guess, that little voice in your head is already saying – I want to be committed, but I simply don’t have the time to shower some days, let alone pump out an hour workout. Hold up right there. I’ve got a secret. Well, not really. But you only need 10-15 minutes to workout and get results. If you’ve got time to sit here and read this blog or to check your Facebook or Insta, then you’ve got time for a 10 minute workout of the day (WOD).
Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s talk about what exercise is. In the early days after giving childbirth, my exercise was walking to the letterbox and just breathing in the fresh air. Maybe a walk around the block. As my ‘bits’ healed, I progressed to a power walk, then started adding some strength. Anything from lunges, squats, push ups etc. I would sit in my lounge room with the kids (cue – Wiggles DVD, is it weird that I genuinely know all of the words to their songs and have my own favourite Wiggle?) and just do 10 squats, 10 lunges and 10 scaled back push ups. I then started running again. Before I had the kids I was a runner. I’ve ran three half marathons and one full marathon. After my first bub, I was back running after 6 weeks, but this time around, things just felt different. My ribs had been pushed up around my chest for the past 9 months and everything just felt like jelly. I couldn’t run like I used to. The saying that most people insert here is “well, you’ve had kids now, you can’t expect to do everything that you used to.” That right there really gets up my goat! (Is that a saying? My mum says it). Just because you have children, the most wonderful and blessed gift on earth – doesn’t mean that your body and health has to suffer. Sure, it’s going to take some time to rebuild it, or even build a new one if you weren’t happy with it before hand, but IT CAN be done. Your cells are recreating themselves all of the time. Your body is filled with little particles that radiate energy. You just have to treat them right. After not being able to run properly, I decided it was time to get serious about strength training. Our bikeshop is right next door to a crossfit affiliate and after a few PT sessions with the Head Coach, I was hooked on this new feeling of being strong. I haven’t looked back. I ran a 10km race three months later and ran 6 minutes quicker than before I had the kids. I now continue to run once or twice a week and use the foundations I learn in crossfit to do daily workouts at home with my kids. I do two crossfit classes a week. It may sound like a lot, but I have worked it out and there are 168 hours in the week, with two crossfit classes, one run and my 15min home workouts, my total exercise regime amounts to 3.5 hours out of the week. I noticed a difference within 4 weeks of strength training that my body was changing and within three months, the outside world noticed. Suddenly I had muscles! Tell me you don’t have time? You DO. You just have to plan to plan.
I’ve always been somewhat sporty and health conscience, but I can put my hand on the bible and solemnly swear that I am the fittest and strongest I have ever been – three kids later. I’ve still got more strength work to do and i love the challenge of it.
Check out my Insta page for ideas on workouts in your own backyard with the kids. I’ll be delving into more detail on my exercise routines in future posts.