As a Mum, goal setting for ourselves is not always the priority. Our main goal is often to survive each day and make sure our kids make it through too.
Before you became a mum, you had things you loved doing. You may have felt differently, more energy, had a sparkle in your eyes when your favourite song came on or that endorphin rush when you finished your favourite workout. Goal setting can help you find who you are and what you love doing outside of being a mum. It can also give you some power over that feeling of just surviving. You have a purpose and direction.
Often we feel pressured to set health and fitness goals that revolve around losing weight fast and fitting back into your skinny jeans. It usually involves low calorie diets and high intensity exercise. Calorie restriction may result in your body not getting the energy it needs to function. When you are running and jumping too soon, you begin to pee your pants (if you aren’t already). Mums don’t take the time to rehabilitate their bodies after pregnancy. Your body has been through a lot so take the time.
In the beginning, mum goals may be having a shower each day, sleeping 8 hours in a 24 period (probably broken) and enjoying a warm coffee. You may start getting time for date night to reconnect with your partner and maybe even a night out with the girls. All of these things are important for your mental health and go on to have an impact on your physical health. The more we neglect ourselves, the worse our physical and mental health become. Our approach is to be kind to yourself and you will make healthier choices naturally.
Tips for Health & Fitness Goal Setting for Mums
- Remember What You Love Doing, What Makes You Feel Great – inside and out.
- Prioritise The Time You Need For Your Goals
- Find Family Friendly Options
- Educate Yourself On Your Body
- Give Yourself Time to Recover from Pregnancy
- Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes to Reach Goals
- Avoid Restrictive Diets or Eating Plans.
- Be Flexible in Your Approach to It All!
Being flexible on how you approach achieving your goals is an important factor. Setting yourself a goal to drop 5kgs in 8 Weeks may look great on paper. But when it comes to reality, kids get sick, you feel like crap, you had a bad night’s sleep and everything else that may happen can have you ‘falling off the wagon’ more times than you would like. But remember that’s life and it is 100% OK. A flexible approach means taking a rest day and enjoying a nap. Skipping a class and making it up with a home workout. Enjoying that chocolate/burger/cake (whatever you feel you need) and choosing a nutritious meal the next time you eat (Instead of waiting for Monday/New Month/New Year to eat well again). Letting go of the guilt and just living a life that makes you feel great.
What would you like to achieve now that you are a Mum? If you want to lose weight without stressing about the scales, diets or high intensity exercise, let me help to guide you through with a plan and workouts that suit your post-pregnancy body.
Also, join our Mums & Bubs Classes on Tuesday and Thursday Mornings at 9:30am to meet other mums, enjoy the fresh air and get your body strong from the inside out. Contact Us today for Your Free Trial.