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