How to Fit In Fitness Around Motherhood and Life
Can you relate to any of this around health and fitness?
★ You want to improve your health and fitness, but you lack energy or don’t know where to start.
★ You need fresh inspiration to prepare and cook healthy meals every day.
★ Time is tight and it’s hard to fit fitness into your busy life.
★ You’ve had a baby and you’re not sure what’s safe and what’s not.
I’m excited to connect you with one of my amazing online buddies, Vicky Warr. Vicky is the creator of Bump & Beyond, an online health and fitness studio aimed at helping mothers with babies and children of all ages to get fit, healthy and to specifically get their tummy muscles back safely.
I know how time-strapped you are, so rather than a video interview this time, I’ve put this into a written format to make it quick and easy for you.
Kelly speaks to Vicky Warr about How to Fit In In Fitness Around Motherhood and Life
Kelly: I’ve been a big fan of yours for several years now and so many women have thanked me for introducing them to you and your online programmes. Now you’ve put together the most incredible membership that includes both pre-recorded and LIVE video classes, plus a whole treasure trove of quick family recipes. I’m actually quite blown away by what you’ve put together and I want to help more people to know about this!
Vicky: Thank you! My mission is to help mothers feel fit and strong throughout motherhood and specifically to help flatten their tummies after pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Many women struggle to do this, even years after having their children and it’s because the body changes and it requires careful healing and re-structuring. Many women rush back to inappropriate exercise in an effort to get back to “normal” or into their pre-pregnancy jeans. However, this often means they make the wrong exercise choices for their body and they don’t strengthen or get the desired result.
I have over 18 years experience in the fitness industry and I’ve specialised in helping pregnant women, new mothers and mothers with young children get their tummy muscles back, feel strong and toned up safely and effectively. Whilst holistic, the results are amazing; women have lost between 2 to 5 inches (or more) from their waistlines and seen their tummies change shape!
Kelly: What would you say to new mums who want to get back to the gym or join a bootcamp style class after having their baby?
Vicky: I’d say STOP! When your body has been through pregnancy and childbirth, no matter when that was, you need very specific targeted exercises to heal, strengthen and re-structure your tummy muscles, pelvic floor and core not to mention if you had a c-section and need to reactivate the muscles.
A general fitness, pilates or yoga class won’t do this; they are general and for everyone so the exercises don’t target or show you the right technique to re-activate the stretched, weakened muscles.
Kelly: Many people take on gym memberships they never use. There’s the whole getting yourself there, finding parking, packing a change of clothes if you’re going to shower there. (I often forget to pack something I need, like a clean pair of knickers!) It can all feel like too much some days. Especially if you’re a mother who needs childcare too. With your online membership, all of those excuses are busted. We don’t have to leave the house!
Share what you do to make sure that even with convenient home fitness, women actually use their membership to Bump & Beyond?
Vicky: Within the membership there are three parts: MOVE, NOURISH and ENCOURAGE.
ENCOURAGE features a done-for-you monthly calendar which lays out which video to do and on which day, which helps hugely with planning in the exercise to make sure you do it. The LIVE video classes are at set times so you’re more likely to schedule them in and attend. My weekly motivation email includes a Video of the Week plus the video class timetable and my mindset tips. There are 30-day challenges and also a private group on Facebook with my extra support and Q and A’s personally answered.
Kelly: When I compare all of this to most gym memberships, it feels like SO much for much less money! I suppose you don’t have all of the overhead costs that a gym has, although it’s obvious how much energy you put into it all. You offer amazing encouragement and support, written activities to keep intentions and goals front of mind, and your nutritional advice and recipes are worth the membership price alone. It’s clear that you feel incredibly passionate about this.
I’d love to know, how do you fit in fitness with two young school-age children and running a business full time? What type of exercise plan do you follow?
Vicky: I get up early and do my exercise before everyone else gets up. I exercise at home as I don’t want to spend precious time travelling as that is more time I can spend doing the exercise! I have my equipment (which I keep simple) in a storage box next to where I exercise in my living room.
It’s a lovely space that I look forward to going to each day, so I keep it tidy to minimise distractions. I spend just 20 minutes doing my strength exercises which are the most effective way to tone up. I follow either my videos or a dynamic pilates routine. I also walk for essential daily movement!
Thank you Vicky. I am genuinely delighted to be an ambassador for Bump & Beyond and help the women who need this to know it exists.
*I’ve always believed in transparency so I wish to disclose that I may receive an affiliate commission on referrals using my link at no extra cost to you. My goal with this blog is to educate you with the possibilities that exist to improve all areas of your life and I only recommend products and services that I have personally investigated and I believe will be of great service to you.
In the comments below, tell Vicky what your biggest barrier is to getting into the shape you’d love to be in. She’s happy to answer any of your questions.
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