Let’s-do-this mum

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Fitness Quiz -

You like to get your en­dor­phin rush in the com­pany of oth­ers. And with trained in­struc­tors mo­ti­vat­ing and guid­ing you through the moves, you feel con­fi­dent to throw your­self into the ac­tion. You like in­ten­sity that builds dur­ing a class – whether that’s feel­ing the burn in your thighs in an aqua aer­o­bics class or the clar­ity of mind you get after 30 min­utes of yoga – and know­ing that you’re achiev­ing more than you ever would alone. And that feel­good high at the end of a class will keep you feel­ing pos­i­tive for a cou­ple of days: for you, this is the ul­ti­mate hit of ‘me-time’.

If you’re just get­ting back into ex­er­cis­ing, don’t be tempted to jump straight back into the fray. It’s good to start with a post­na­tal class, and more of them are pop­ping up across Aus­tralia with pi­lates-type ex­er­cises strength­en­ing the parts of your body that have been stretched and strained by preg­nancy. Tell your in­struc­tor how long ago you gave birth, so they can steer you safely through the class.

A weekly class can be the pivot that your men­tal as well as your phys­i­cal well­be­ing bal­ances on, so make sure it hap­pens, even if that means book­ing a babysit­ter. And don’t feel guilty for tak­ing some time out to help your body feel good after the amaz­ing jour­ney you’ve just been on: recharg­ing your bat­ter­ies so you feel like ‘you’ again will ben­e­fit your baby as well. YOU’RE MO­TI­VATED BY… En­dor­phins

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