Getting fit after motherhood can be a lot about your mindset. After all, most of us would love to regain that post-pregnancy body and pre-baby levels of strength and fitness, but it’s not always easy to get started.
It’s also incredibly easy to fall off the fitness wagon and lose your motivation – think of all those monthly gym passes that are gathering dust nationwide! Adding a baby into the mix just adds to the pressure and provides you with some cracking excuses for opting out (many of which are very valid, of course!),
So how do you keep your fitness on track, and how do you motivate your mojo to succeed on your active journey as a new mum?
Here are six top tips to help you stay in the game…
Set some SMART goals
In business, SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based. And this acronym works pretty well in any arena. Before you begin on your fitness journey, or to get you back on track, take some time out to figure out exactly what you want to achieve.
Make sure your goals are within reach, easy to measure and set yourself some time limits. Sure, you may not always get there, but having some goals in mind will help to keep you focused, determined and strong. After all, if you don’t know what you want, how can you get there?
Write out your goals, and stick them to your bedroom mirror, bathroom wall or fridge door as a constant reminder of your target.
Get fit with a buddy
Having a partner in crime is so important for your fitness journey. Working out with a friend will empower you to keep going, give you the oomph you need to turn up time after time, and keep you accountable. Also, helping someone else reach their goals will spur you on to reach yours, and there’s nothing better than having a cheerleader on hand to give you some good vibes and positive feedback.
Buump Active is designed to connect mums so you can get fit together. If you haven’t done already, you can pre-register here… Go girls!
Ditch the scales but log how you feel…
Although still a pretty standard measurement when it comes to health and fitness, watching what you weigh isn’t always the yardstick to success. Being strong, feeling fit and making sure you’re healthy is far better, so try logging how you feel rather than stepping on the scales.
Keep a weekly log of how you feel physically and mentally, how much stronger and flexible you are, how much more you can get done without feeling tired or exhausted. You’ll soon see how your fitness journey is impacting upon your wellbeing – as well as the size of your skinny jeans!
Treat yourself to some posh workout wear
It goes without saying that, if you look good, you feel good, and swapping your old grey tracksuit bottoms and baggy t-shirts for some flattering fitness gear will give you a huge boost.
Invest in your journey and treat yourself to some activewear that makes you feel empowered, strong and fabulous! You’ll be surprised at the impact it has upon your motivation levels of a morning!
Surround yourself with positive messages!
It sounds corny, but save any positive messages and empowering memes you find online, and write your own down too onto some bright post-it notes.
Stick them around the house, in the car, and add them as the screen saver to your phone. Surround yourself with positive affirmations and messages that change the narrative in your brain and keep you focused and happy.
It can be so easy as a new mum to feel overwhelmed, tired and not yourself, but switching the focus in your brain from negative to positive can really help, especially if you’re thinking about starting or boosting your fitness journey. Remember, you’re fabulous!
What are your top tips for staying motivated?