At Go Mum! we talk a lot about the seriousness of pelvic floor weakness/dysfunction and communicating the importance of addressing such issues before returning to high impact exercise like running and so on. However, what's important to remember is that amongst all this serious body talk, as women we really do love an opportunity to socialise, have fun and share our journeys with each other.....And that's exactly what Go Mum! group classes provide (in conjunction with all the serious stuff!). We thought it might be nice for you to meet some of our Go Mum! mums and hear what they have to say about life, love, kids, and their Go Mum! experiences.
How many kids do you have, and what are their ages?
I have an 8 month old baby boy named Harrison, who we call Harry.
What do you like best about being a Mum?
I love seeing him grow and learn new things every day.
Were you nervous about getting back into exercise after having a baby? If so, why?
Yes. I wasn’t sure what I would be capable of doing! Prior to my pregnancy, I was the fittest I had been in my life, but during the pregnancy I didn’t exercise as much as I should have. I also wasn’t sure what exercises I should and shouldn’t do after Harry’s birth.
How long have you been training with Go Mum! Group Fitness?
About 6 months
Before starting with Go Mum! what level of understanding did you have about the importance of core & pelvic floor strength for pre and post-natal women? (Out of 1-10, 1 being no understanding, 10 being a guru!).
About a 6. I did prenatal Pilates while I was pregnant and was told about the importance of them. I didn’t anticipate how weak my pelvic floor would be following the birth though!
What do you most enjoy about training with Go Mum! Group Fitness?
At least once a week I get time to myself to exercise. I know that Christine is capable of looking after Harry if he isn’t otherwise occupied. I really enjoy the aerobics circuit that we do.
What exercises do you least enjoy & why?
I’m not a fan of lunges! For the obvious reasons - they hurt!
What are your main fitness/wellbeing goals for 2016?
My long term goal would be to run 5kms. I would like to continue working on my overall body strength and improve my general fitness- particularly improve the stair fitness test that Christine does!
Do you have any tips or tricks for other mums who might be struggling to get back into some sort of exercise regime post-pregnancy?
I think it’s important to get professional advice about what exercises you should and shouldn’t be doing. If you are able to do classes or personal training it is well worth it. I struggle with motivation on my own, and as a Mum don’t prioritise myself if left to my own devices. Even If you exercise with a friend, you are probably less likely to cancel than trying to do it on your own.
As a mum, what are you most grateful for?
I am very grateful for my family. I have the most beautiful, loving husband who supports me and is a wonderful father to our son. Having Harry really brought both sides of our families even closer, and we know that anytime we need either our mothers or siblings they will always help us.
Thanks Leigh for sharing your Go Mum experience with us! If, like Leigh, you're a little nervous about getting back into exercise following the birth of your baby, or, have been out of the exercise game for some time since having kids and would like some guidance, please contact the Go Mum! team and we'd pleased to help!
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