Getting Fit After Having A Baby
As a mother of six, I don’t have the chance to go to the gym. In fact, the last time I went to the gym was after my first child was born. Finding a babysitter for one baby was easy as we lived near both my parents and parents-in-law, and fitting an hour at the gym into my day when baby was asleep was a lot simpler than it would be now.
My baby is eight weeks old and it really is time for me to get back into shape, but going to the gym really is a logistical nightmare and out of the question. Doing post-natal exercises really requires motivation. When my sister suggested I trial Mummy Workouts, I jumped at the chance. I was able to attend a workout class in the comfort of my own home, eliminating the dramas of getting kids sorted out and myself out of the house and to the gym.
Mummy Workouts offer a number of live classes via webcam. As I am based in New Zealand, I initially miscalculated the time difference, but luckily when I got to my computer, the class had just started so I got right into it. I started by taking the ‘Legs, Bums and Tums’ class and had a rude awakening as to just how unfit and untoned my body had become over the past 10 years. The class instructor Tina, was a great motivator. She also gave clear instructions as to how to do each exercise and also offered modified versions if needed (which often I did).
I also took the Full body workout with Melissa. I can feel muscles in my shoulders I forgot existed. Melissa explains the exercises clearly and this workout pushed me more than I ever would push myself if I was just doing these exercises at home alone. When I have someone counting down the seconds left I feel I just have to hold on for 5 more seconds, rather than just give up.
One thing I loved about these classes is the flexibility. I had my baby snuggled on the floor beside me just watching what was going on. When she was a little unsettled, I was able to give her a cuddle, and actually did some of the workout with her on my lap. I also had my little two year old wake up and come into the dining where I was working out. She just sat and happily watched, whereas if I had to leave her with a babysitter, she would just have a meltdown.
How it works – I sign up via a subscription which can be monthly, quarterly or annually. The prices range from £8-12 per month. You watch the class via webcam. The instructor can see me and I can see her, but I can’t see the other participants. That’s great for me as I hadn’t got dressed and did the workout in my pyjamas.
Downsides – at the moment there are only 3 days with classes, but soon they are going to add pre-recorded classes so you can take a mix of recorded and live classes. I think this combination with be perfect for the busy mum!