This month we have a very topical guest blog written by Betsan De Renesse, a specialist personal trainer and co-founder of The Glow Method at Home. So, how do you get back into an exercise routine with little ones when you’ve completely lost your mojo?
When we feel emotionally and physically drained, as much as we know that a little bit of movement is going to help us feel better in body and mind, how on earth do you get your motivation back when you’ve had little ones, and how do you fit movement back in to your life? The key is to adjust your mindset.
Exercise has nothing to do with food.
Start by separating exercise from food. You might be feeling a little less ‘toned’ but if you punish yourself for eating as a form of motivation to exercise, it’s highly unlikely you’ll stick to it and even less likely it will be a positive relationship. The only consideration you should have when linking food to exercise is ‘have I eaten enough to fuel my exercise?’ and maybe ‘do I need to wait a little longer to digest my meal before exercising?’
Find something you’ll really enjoy
Find a form of exercise you truly enjoy. You don’t need to ‘feel the burn.’ Try walking with a podcast, dancing or yoga… anything that doesn’t necessarily feel like a workout.
Don’t do an exercise you don’t like.
If you hate running, don’t beat yourself up because you haven’t been running.
Exercise because you love your body and not because you dislike it.
Try to think of exercise as a treat, or a chance for some me time. If you observe both of the points above and choose something you like and not something you hate, it should help. You’re amazing and you deserve the time you dedicate to this workout. Enjoy it.
Observe the post exercise buzz
Try to remember how you feel after you exercise. It’s cathartic or energising? Do you sleep better? Have you more patience with your children? Does your body image jump up 3 notches? Really concentrate on how you feel post workout and use it as motivation for your next one.
Break it up
Fitness is very frustrating in that it’s hard to build up, but seems super easy to lose. If the idea of a 40 minute sweaty session fills you with dread, or you don’t think you could even manage it, consider breaking your workout up over the day. With 2 under the age of 3 it’s often the only way I get my workout done.
Lastly, be kind to yourself. If you know that exercise will help your physical or mental wellness, and you just needed a little help to get yourself motivated… I hope this helps. ‘No pain, no gain’ may motivate you temporarily, but to truly make exercise a part of your life, you need to find your love for it.
Betsan is a pre and postnatal exercise specialist and the founder of the Glow Method and the Glow Method at home. For more information visit her website.