Q I’VE got two young chil­dren and al­though I used to be re­ally ac­tive, I now do no ex­er­cise, be­cause I’m just too busy and feel guilty de­vot­ing time to my­self. What’s the best way of do­ing some use­ful phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity when I’m look­ing af­ter the kids mos

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY HEALTH -

A PSY­CHOL­O­GIST Emma Kenny says: “As a mum of two, I un­der­stand how you feel. There are so many com­pet­ing pres­sures on your time when you’re jug­gling a busy home life, and it can be hard to find time to get ac­tive.

“New re­search from Sport Eng­land re­veals mums, on av­er­age, have only 1.5 hours of free time a day, with 30% say­ing they have less than an hour spare to them­selves, as house­hold and fam­ily man­age­ment take pri­or­ity.

“In spite of this, I was amazed to hear that six in 10 mums ac­tu­ally feel guilty tak­ing time for them­selves to ex­er­cise.

“Mum guilt is a real prob­lem. You may be­lieve that look­ing af­ter every­one else’s needs is your main pri­or­ity, but the truth is, you need to take care of your­self first and fore­most, be­cause that en­sures you have the en­ergy to look af­ter those you love.

“Remember that tak­ing time for self-care and get­ting ac­tive means you’ll be a great role model to your kids. Re­search shows ac­tive mums have more ac­tive kids, and that makes for a health­ier fam­ily and a fit­ter fu­ture – some­thing ev­ery par­ent wants for their chil­dren.

“The good news is you don’t need a gym mem­ber­ship to get your sweat on – you can turn your home into your very own gym. The This Girl Can web­site (this­girl­can. is a great place to go for ideas to get ac­tive. It ad­vises that it all counts, you don’t need to go to the gym, there are loads of ideas on free ac­tiv­i­ties you can do at home us­ing just the fur­ni­ture, so you don’t need any ex­pen­sive equip­ment.

“They have in­struc­tions for cof­fee ta­ble press-ups and liv­ing room wall chair sits, so even if you have a space of just five or 10 min­utes, you can squeeze in a strength­en­ing work­out.”

It’s im­por­tant your chil­dren see you get­ting ac­tive

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