HOW do we do it!???

Parents Keeping Fit! Can we do it all?!

TIPS FOR FELLOW PARENTS FROM FELLOW PARENTS!

Natalie Schmidt: That we as parents must put aside time to stay fit and healthy in order to take the best possible care of our kids. If Mummy/Daddy are poorly or injured, the kids cannot get the best care.

Catherine Hoyte: Take an hour for you and you’ll be able to give back hours more of calm focused parenting – exercise is a balm to the soul

Julie Moriarty: Whereas before having kids training can feel like a chore, after you can find that it is the thing you look forward to for the whole day as a bit of me time. So double bonus!

Candice Palmer: The benefits of training, both mental and physical, are endless and as a result you will feel happier, energised and have a zest for life……good for us & the little ones. We are our children’s main role models and setting a healthy example to them will have a positive impact on them for life, good habits from a young age. Children are full of amazing natural energy, it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to keep up with that. Being active with your children is great fun and for me a workout / class on my own is the only time I have to myself with my own head space…..and I truly cherish it. I grab the opportunities when I can and always feel 100% better afterwards

Kirsty was asked to write a few words for The Echo, the local newspaper…

http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/PARENTING-New-mums-Parkfit-Netmums-mind-body/story-20458608-detail/story.html

How does one keep fit as a new parent? Between feeding, changing and other hour-by-hour chores, not to mention trying to catch up on the sleep denied to you by your new addition, finding time to exercise can go by the way.

But personal trainer and mother of a young daughter Kirsty Ellson says it’s important to try and make the time to keep the body healthy.

Kirsty, who lives in Cheltenham, said:” There’s always something that seems more important to do – doing the washing, the food shopping, taking the children to play groups, play dates, after school activities. The list is endless.

“However, we forget that if we keep ourselves fit and healthy then we will have more energy to enjoy time with the kids – to get down on the floor and play the games, build the jigsaws, play football and so on.

“Most importantly of all, if our children see us staying fit and healthy then they are more likely to do it themselves. “

But Kirsty, who has a degree in sports and exercise science, admits that it isn’t easy and what’s needed is planning and organisation.

She said: “Plan in the exercise: Slot in time for you.

“Look at the week ahead and work out when you are going to have some time to exercise – perhaps a walk, or a run or maybe an exercise class.

“Find a fitness class which is at a time that is good for you – you are more likely to maintain a routine if the time of the session fits in with the family needs.”

Kirsty runs Parkfit classes at 7.30pm and Fitball at 8pm, when young children are on their way to being asleep, and further sessions at 9.30am after the school drop-off.

“Mothers who have just had a baby should make sure they attend a class where the instructor has experience of working with postnatal clients,” she says.

“Getting some exercise will help you to lose weight and boost your mood so that you feel energised and good about yourself.”

Setting short-term goals is a good way of having something to work towards, added Kirsty.

Suggestions include completing a 5k run, walking some of the Cotswold Way or competing in a triathlon.

“Most important of all is to enjoy it and feel the value from the exercise you are doing,” she says.

“To start is the biggest step – once you start and get in to a routine then exercise will become a part of your life.”

For more information on Parkfit, including sessions with buggies, visit www.trainwithkirsty.co.uk

Read more: http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/PARENTING-New-mums-Parkfit-Netmums-mind-body/story-20458608-detail/story.html#ixzz2r4ROJdzI

TIPS FOR FELLOW PARENTS FROM FELLOW PARENTS!

Natalie Schmidt: That we as parents must put aside time to stay fit and healthy in order
to take the best possible care of our kids. If Mummy/Daddy are poorly or
injured, the kids cannot get the best care.

Catherine Hoyte: Take an hour for you and you’ll be able to give back hours more of calm
focused parenting – exercise is a balm to the soul

Julie Moriarty: Whereas before having kids training can feel like a chore, after you can
find that it is the thing you look forward to for the whole day as a bit of me
time. So double bonus!

Candice Palmer: The benefits of training, both mental and physical, are endless and as a result you will feel happier, energised and have a zest for life……good for us & the little ones. We are our children’s main role models and setting a healthy example to them will have a positive impact on them for life, good habits from a young age. Children are full of amazing natural energy, it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to keep up with that. Being active with your children is great fun and for me a workout / class on my own is the only time I have to myself with my own head space…..and I truly cherish it. I grab the opportunities when I can and always feel 100% better afterwards

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