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Maintaining exercise with baby in tow

No denying it’s hard to fit everything into a day with kids and most of all with baby and often exercise (another word for self care) can go out the window.

So that it doesn’t completely here are a few tricks of how you can sneak it in:

+ Make meetings moving ones when possible. Sometimes you’ll want to sit and stop for sure! However if you can’t seem to find the time to get your steps in, suggest a moving meeting / coffee with whoever you might be seeing at that time. I do this with work and whilst it can be met with surprise most often people actually really love it

+ If a full 30 minutes of exercise (let’s face it an hour is some kind of indulgence isn’t it?!) is becoming tricky then remember that your moves can accumulate throughout the day – 15 minutes, twice is still the same, it feels a little different but it all adds up. Look also for how to maximise that time. HIIT can be an option, but please speak to your physio first mummas before doing this so your pelvic floor strength and core isn’t compromised

+ Whilst an hour in the yoga studio is bliss, it can be hard in the early hours and evenings (hi witching hour) when the classes are on. Aim for a weekend session and make it your time. Hunt down a mums and bubs session if you have flexibility to get out there and do one during the day. Or, alternatively find a great online yoga class subscription that you can dive into from home. I personally love 5-10 minute flows when I can from Sydney based studio @the_collaborative_marouba

To note, Elke loves being on the mat with me (this gorgeous one is from LUVE Yoga and is so soft some days I just want to shivassana and sleep on it but work and family life demands are there !

+ Take your exercise to the park. Utilise what is on offer at a kids play zone to get your body moving and your endorphins flowing. Step ups, dips, push ups, pikes, plank walk outs are all available there – get creative!

+ Grab a few key pieces of equipment for home. I’ve had a set of 8kg dumbells, 10kg kettlebell, bands and more recently invested in a spin bike and they’ve all helped so much in my exercise regime

+ Ask for help from your partner or support person to ensure you have the time to exercise and commit to it together, you need the mental clarity, strength and space that time out provides

+ Finally if you’re getting in the swing of it and routine blows out, don’t stress it and don’t let it go completely, just start small and build up again.

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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