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Whether you have just had your first bubba or you’re a parent to toddlers or teens, there is no question that at any stage of parenthood exercise is fundamental to both your health, fitness and sanity.

Finding ‘you’ time to walk, run, practise yoga, hit the gym or a group class is often overlooked or becomes a negotiable. But the truth is that without it you can sink into a routine where you lose focus on your own health and wellbeing.

The benefits of exercise are well documented. We know that we feel better when we move with purpose – having the endorphins kick in and getting the heart pumping, boosting energy, immune system and giving us clarity. The key is to find something you enjoy, that can fit in with your schedule and motivates you.

New mums often love the aspect of bub-friendly group fitness, whether it be a stroller group or mum-and-bub fitness class. These are supportive environments where you will connect with other new mums and create new friendships both for you and your babies. These classes are also great for postnatal-specific exercises. If you need more of an adrenalin boost check social media pages for parent exercise pages. Running Mums Australia is one that comes to mind where you will find online support and a community of running mums who will help with goal setting as well.

There are numerous gyms that offer a creche. This is a great option if you are keen to fit in a gym workout or group class with peace of mind that there is supervision for your child and that you are close by if they need you. Check out your local fitness centre to see what they offer as far as times and costing. This is also a great option for dads. If they can take the children with them to gym, it allows mum some time to herself.

As our kids grow so do the endless opportunities to exercise together – be that riding bikes, bushwalking, practising yoga, zumba or a dance class or joining Parkrun together. I feel I have been blessed to have my youngest passionate about my favourite sport which has given me the opportunity to train with him and also coach his team. Becoming involved and keeping fit with him means that he knows I am interested in what he is doing and that time together is precious to me.

Being a role model for our children is always important. Taking responsibility for your own health, fitness and leading by example will shape their beliefs and values that they will take on in their lives. Don’t use your children as an excuse not to exercise. Use them as the reason to keep fit and healthy.

 

THE BIG Q… This month, we ask the hub experts to tell us about their mums. What made her special and what lesson/s did you learn from her?
Being the youngest of five children we always had a busy household. Mum was in charge and her patience, love and faith definitely shaped my thoughts on what it means to be a mum. She taught us unconditional love, to be great listeners and allowed us to make our mistakes and figure out what life is all about. She was always there with a smile and a hug.

Fe Taylor

Fe Taylor  

Fe Taylor is a passionate health and wellbeing guru. Fe has dedicated her career in fitness, nutrition and wholefood education to help others along their health and fitness journey. Fe is a proud mum to her two boys, Tom and Jude. She is the founder of the Childrens Health & Wellbeing Expo, and currently serves as an ambassador for the chairty Nutrition Plus // www.fetaylor.juiceplus.com.au