Welcome to my Blog about fitness, workouts, diet and about my personal fitness journey
We all have different style for everything in life, different values, different goals, but we all do have something in common. We all want to be healthy & happy.
Don’t worry – I am not suggesting you spend all your time pumping iron in the gym (although weight lifting does have loads of benefits!)
I know it’s a dark and gloomy time of year, going outside and exercising isn’t that appealing, perhaps joining a class at the gym fills you with dread... Almost every mum will tell you that self-confidence can take a rather large knock after having a baby, not just right after pushing a teeny tiny human out of your body but also in the months and even years after. Maybe you feel like you have lost your identity or maybe you feel like you have no time to spend looking after yourself. And maybe you just don’t know what it is that you need to change in your lifestyle to make yourself feel better.
The first thing you can do to boost your self-confidence is exercise, as I mentioned above you don’t need to aspire to look like a body builder... Just get moving more than you were before. Take note of how many steps you do a day and then aim for 10,000 per day, play with the kids in the park (with the right clothes on nobody will freeze so the weather is not an excuse!), have a look at some of my free workouts if you want to push yourself. And you’ll be glad you did – Exercise makes you feel better physically and this leads to feeling better mentally. When you feel stronger mentally you’ll be better equipped to take on tasks and challenges that being a mum will throw at you (and sometimes you literally will have things thrown at you, like Lego, dolls, food...).
Once you start feeling better physically it’s likely that you’ll start to look different too – maybe you won’t lose weight but you will more than likely notice that you’re toning up and changing shape – this will give you a sense of accomplishment which is another factor that will boost your self-confidence.
Exercise also helps you to beat stress by reducing the stress related chemicals in your brain. When you feel less stress you’ll feel more confident about taking on the world (like the challenging worlds of soft play centres and play groups!). Feel like you’ve got baby brain? (it’s ok, it is a real scientifically proven thing)...Well, exercise will increase the flow of oxygen to your brain – literally feeding it and enabling you to feel more alert, when you feel more alert and energised you’ll most probably feel more confident too.
You can really make a difference to your self confidence through physical fitness without ever having to step foot in a gym or exercise class. You can join one of my online programs and complete everything in the comfort of your own home with support and encouragement from our online community or you can sign up to my mums and kids class and bring the little ones with you and exercise with other like minded mums!
Exercising isnt just about losing weight or bulking up to look like a beefcake! Exercise has many benefits that have nothing to do with how you look including improving your mood and even improving your sex life!
Here's some of the benefits of regular physical activity that you CAN'T SEE:
So if you have a goal to look a certain way or fit into a particular dress size then obviously exercise (and diet) will have a real impact. But if you don't aspire to a size 8 or dont want to look like a bodybuilder, and are wondering why you should start to exercise then I hope that the reasons above are enough to start you on your journey!
For those of you that do want to dramatically change their appearance then keep your eyes open for more nutritional advice from me - I will soon be starting a nutritionist qualification because I know how vital it is to eat the right food to see maximum results!
Passionate about fitness, happiness, dreams!