10 motivational exercise tips
The joy of being a mum-to-be and new mum is hard to match — but so too is the often debilitating fatigue. Swirling hormones, sleepless nights and the physical demands of motherhood will see many women give fitness the flick because they don't have the time and energy. The trouble is, the end result is you'll only feel worse if you don't make exercise a priority.
Before you put exercise into the too hard basket, here's some motivational tips to get you moving:
- Smell the roses — with all that nappy changing going on, you will appreciate a change of scenery at the local park or gym.
- Set an example — with childhood obesity rates on the rise, teach your child the importance of being active from an early age.
- You can do it — stay one step ahead of your active toddler by aiming for realistic fitness goals.
- You'll feel better afterwards — the biggest challenge is getting out the door; there is no doubt you will feel great after a workout.
- Improve your self-image — your body image has probably taken a battering; take control and work towards achieving a healthy weight.
- Get out of the house — use exercise as an opportunity to think beyond baby's needs, which can bog you down when you are at home all day.
- Meet with people — nothing is more motivating than having to meet a person or group at a particular time.
- Get over the guilt — try not to succumb to mother's guilt (at least some of the time). Allow yourself to have a break.
- Be a better mum — taking the time out to exercise will clear your head and give you a different perspective.
- Small steps — start with a walk around the block before planning to run a marathon!
Your exercise program
- Exercise program for pregnancy
- Exercise program for mums with infants
- Exercise program for mums with preschoolers
Your personal trainer
- Exercise video - dips
- Exercise video - lunges
- Exercise video - planks
- Exercise video - push ups
- Exercise video - squats
Be guided by your doctor or health care professional before participating in any exercise program while you are pregnant and following childbirth.
Last revised: Thursday, 14 January 2016
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.