Mum makes ex­er­cise fit

Fitness trainer helps oth­ers find time to work work­out into sched­ule

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

SINCE be­com­ing a mother, Bec Glas­gow of Monto has be­come a pro­po­nent of what she calls ‘func­tional fitness’, and takes in­spi­ra­tion from work­ing ex­er­cise into her daily rou­tine.

She has taken to shar­ing that ap­proach to train­ing through her fitness classes, which re­sume next week.

“Func­tional train­ing is about mak­ing gen­eral daily move­ment eas­ier and in­cor­po­rat­ing it into your life,” Mrs Glas­gow said.

“Things like a squat, when you’re an older adult makes get­ting off a chair eas­ier. It strength­ens the mus­cles for daily func­tion.”

While any­one can at­tend the classes, they are aimed pri­mar­ily at mums.

“We make it fun, like boot-camp style,” Mrs Glas­gow said.

“It de­pends on your level of fitness, some peo­ple aren’t seek­ing high-im­pact train­ing.

“I think about who’s com­ing to the classes and pro­gram based on that.”

Mrs Glas­gow will next week start a be­gin­ner’s chal­lenge fitness course for those look­ing to im­prove their health.

She said peo­ple tend to ease off their train­ing rou­tine over the hol­i­days be­fore pick­ing it back up again in the be­gin­ning of the new year.

Train­ing is a mix of car­dio and strength train­ing, with the aim of the chal­lenge to get peo­ple into a rou­tine of set­ting aside a small amount of time each day to ded­i­cate to fitness.

The time el­e­ment is cru­cial be­cause Mrs Glas­gow, like many moth­ers, has to bal­ance par­ent­ing with per­sonal time.

“When I be­came a mum I re­alised I was very time-poor and didn’t have time to go out for a two-hour walk or gym ses­sion,” she said.

Mrs Glas­gow has four kids, the youngest is three-year-old Milla.

It was shortly after Milla was born that Mrs Glas­gow be­gan her fitness jour­ney, study­ing to be­come a qual­i­fied fitness in­struc­tor.

“I wasn’t re­ally into fitness and then I found that when I in­cor­po­rated it into my life, I had ticked off some­thing I’d done for my­self on the day and that re­ally helped men­tally get­ting through the long, lonely home-alone days with the kids,” she said.

“It’s very much an anti-de­pres­sant.”

Mrs Glas­gow said the fitness classes are a way to share the self-es­teem gains and con­fi­dence boosts she felt from tak­ing time out of her day to de­vote to per­sonal health.

This year, she’ll have some ex­tra time to her­self with all of her chil­dren at school with Milla now at kindy.

The Be­gin­ner’s Chal­lenge runs from Jan­uary 31 to Fe­bru­ary 28.

It com­prises half-hour ses­sions start­ing at 10.15am on Tues­day and Thurs­day.

Group ses­sions are gen­er­ally held at the St Therese Hall, although Mrs Glas­gow said the lo­ca­tion is flex­i­ble based on the de­mands of the par­tic­i­pants.

She also has time on Wed­nes­day for per­sonal train­ing ses­sions for one-on-one ad­vice.

For En­quiries, con­tact Bec Glas­gow on 4166 5105.

Bec Glas­gow with youngest daugh­ter Milla, 3, is keen to help other mums find ways to fit ex­er­cise into their daily rou­tine.

Fitness in­struc­tor Bec Glas­gow gets ready for the new Be­gin­ners Chal­lenge fitness course.

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