Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful Mums out there!

Being a Mum is one of the most important and rewarding jobs in the world, but let’s not forget how busy life can be. From juggling a career and a busy family life to finding time to get to the gym and time to chill out. How do they do it all?

Well, four ladies we know prove it can be done. These inspirational women are making strides in their careers but are also doting mums too.

Who are we talking about? Our Super Mum Ambassadors of course!

To mark this special day we chatted to Bridget, Maria, Alicia and Kimberely to find out just how they do it. They even share their best tips on how to juggle motherhood, a career and fitness.

Bridget Freeman – PNBA & INBA Pro

Lisa Ray Photography

As mums we have an irreplaceable opportunity to foster great healthy habits into our children, so let’s be the best example we can be! I ask myself these questions to make sure I’m doing all I can to have a positive effect on the health and fitness of my children and you can too!

  • Fitness wise, am I making time whenever possible to exercise and let them know how great it makes us feel?
  • Should we try walking or riding bikes instead of driving?
  • Health and nutrition wise, do I show by example how easy it is to grab some fruit instead of processed junk.
  • Do I invest time in making great family meals and having healthy options for snacks on hand?

I want to encourage them to find an exercise they love, whether it’s lifting, a social sports team or hiking.

Let your kids know how important being fit and healthy is and how much more energy and fun it can bring into life.  And of course, we go to a lot of effort to get them to their own sporting activities, great job mums!

My tips

Use slow cookers, rice cookers, ovens etc to save time and make it easier to prepare meals at home rather than eating out.

Pack lunches, make breakfast the night before, use frozen fruit and veggies. A non-negotiable for me is every couple of days I make up four trays of a mix of frozen veggies, sprinkle on some herbs and spices, and pop in the oven until done. It takes me barely five minutes to put together and then the oven does all the work!

Being mentally healthy is also vital.  We want our children to know that it’s just as important to take the time to recharge, do things that are fun, care for ourselves, look for the positives, ask for help when we need it and have a supportive circle to support us. If you don’t have these – put them in your life ASAP.

We need to let go of the load of mum guilt and remember we are people as well as mums.

Everything you do to be healthier, both physically and mentally, is a step in the right direction to having happy healthy children. They are our legacy.

Maria Bond – ICN Fitness Champion

People will often tell you that becoming a parent changes your life; I can absolutely attest to this as mine has done a complete 180 since having my kids!

I had been overweight and unhappy with my body my entire adult life, my first pregnancy only compounded this as I put on 20kgs and struggled to lose the weight after giving birth. I hit absolute rock bottom and vowed to make a change for not only myself, but to set the right example for my family and be the healthy and active mum that I wanted to be.

Not long after embarking on my fitness journey I found out I was pregnant with my second baby in less than two years, I promised myself that I wouldn’t make the same mistakes I had made the first time and only gained a healthy 11kgs the next time around. As soon as my second was born I committed to running a half marathon which I did when she was only 12 weeks old!

The fitness bug had well and truly taken hold; doing something for myself each day, even if it was only for an hour gave me purpose outside of being a mum. The endorphin release and changes to my moods and confidence levels were more and more apparent the fitter I got.

I’ve since gone on to compete in six bodybuilding/fitness modelling competitions all whilst working full time, assisting with the admin of my husband’s business, maintaining a household and raising two gorgeous little kiddies.

It’s far from easy but the benefits outweigh the hard work tenfold. I make sure that I prioritise my time, get help when I need it and focus on what really matters to me: my family and maintaining my health and fitness.

My top tips for busy mums

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – kids are messy, there will be toys scattered everywhere but who cares, picking them up every second of the day is pointless as they’ll be everywhere again the minute you turn your back.
  • Get up early and get housework done before the kids wake up – I’ve often done a load of washing and un-packed/ re-packed the dishwasher before 6 am. If you can afford it, get a cleaner!
  • Drop the mummy guilt! My kids love daycare so I drop them off an hour earlier each day, so I can hit the gym before work. Lots of gyms these days have a creche too and it’s actually great for their social skills to interact regularly with other kids their age
  • Make sure your partner is on board and pulling their weight. My hubby is 100% hands-on with all of the housework/meal prep/kiddies bath time etc, we share the load evenly so that we can both fit in our gym time
  • Get your kids involved! Go on a family bike ride, hike or kick a football in a park – The kids will love it and you’re getting some exercise in too.

Alicia Gowans – WBFF Pro

Alicia being crowned a WBFF world champion on stage at World’s in August.

Balancing my work and family life is a no-brainer to me. Family is my number one and that’s why I do what I do.

It’s important for my children to see what they can achieve when you work hard and commit to what you’re passionate about. I am fortunate in the way that coaching my team can be done from anywhere, including from home with my family.

My biggest tip is to remember why you are so busy, why you are working hard – For your family and their future. Never forget this especially in those hectic and chaotic times.

 

 

Kimberley George – Health & Lifestyle Advisor 

Juggling motherhood, a busy career and full-time study is not always easy however it is very rewarding.

There are mornings when I wake up and think where do I start and what should I tackle first? But somehow as mums we just make it work and it all tends to fall into place.

The house may not always be spotless and the washing may not always be done but the main thing I have learnt over the years is that the precious memories we share with our children and our families will far outweigh any amount of time spent at work or endless hours on housework.

Being heavily involved in the health industry I am always conscious of the impact my own lifestyle choices will have on my children.

I know I must lead by example and provide them with the tools to live their own healthy lifestyle when they reach adulthood. As parents, I believe it is essential we model these behaviours, so we continue to see big smiles on their faces for years to come.

Out of all the hats I wear and all the roles I play, nothing beats being a mum!’

Four awesome women with amazing experiences and tips for us all to be inspired by. Happy Mother’s Day to all those special ladies out there!

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