, or have struggled being consistent for more than a few weeks this is the worst possible thing you can do.
Remember that the positive benefits of exercise only occur when you recover, if you don't recover you get negative draw backs.
When personalizing my FitMum Program to the Mumma's I work with I use a two tools;
- 'The Metabolic Classification' which is a series of questions based on background, lifestyle history and your current routines to give me an accurate picture of how well your metabolism works.
- And, A 'Nutrition IQ Test' which tells me how much you know about adequately fueling your body.
With the combined results of these tools I can prescribe you just the right type and amount of exercise that you need to change your body shape.
"Kerri only exercised a handful of times each week to achieve this result"
"The most common mistake most Mumma's make when starting a exercise program is doing more 'just because they feel like they can'."
The fitness industry has taught you that if you have more energy left in the tank you should use it to get better results.
My argument to that is you’re better to feel like you can do more rather than feel like you can’t do anymore.
Especially as a Mumma.
Exercising until you are totally exhausted doesn't leave enough energy to run a household, play with kids and have Mummy & Daddy time after the kids go to bed. ;)
The goal of exercise is to do just enough to create positive changes within your body without feeling tired and fatigued.
I had to learn how to leave a little bit of energy in the tank at the end of each session when I was really suffering from the effects of chronic fatigue last year.
If I pushed myself too hard, I would potentially miss the next couple of week’s of exercise and worse than that be completely sidelined as a Mum which doesn't go down well at home.
You’re much better exercising at 80% week in week out than you are exercising at 100% for a week and 0% for the next few weeks.
But, Megan I Used To Exercise Every Day..
You also had Saturday/Sunday mornings to yourself, the leisure of waking up in your own time without another human being who’s every need relies on you.
Exercising as much as you used to is never going to happen, that’s not to say you can’t get into better shape than you were when you were exercising that much.
I exercise less now but I carry much less body fat and much more muscle in my 30s than I did in my 20s.
I exercised about 9 hours a week in my 20’s, exercise was about socializing, escaping the rest of the world and getting those feel good endorphins. The more I did the more I relied on the rush it gave me.
I now exercise about 2 hours a week now i'm in my 30’s and exercise is about keeping my body healthy, energetic and in shape. I still get the social reward, the escape and those endorphins now but they are a by-product of my workouts rather than the focus.
You tell me which is better.
Less is more.
Limits make you use your time more effectively, the concept that less is more really rings true here.
If you have every day to exercise, chances are you would work really hard some days and other days not quite so hard.
If you only get a small window to exercise a couple of times a week then you’re going to make sure you’re focused and your workouts are intense every time you’re at the gym aren’t you.
When you understand that the positive benefits from exercise don’t actually occur inside the gym at all, you start to realize the role exercise really plays.
Exercise is only a stimulus.
It’s a sledgehammer that knocks down walls inside an old home, quality sleep and adequate nutrition in the follow up renovate the old home bringing it up better than it was before.
Too much exercise is like knocking down too many walls, eventually the home or your body will crumble around you.
I love exercise, it’s something we all need to do.
Exercise only becomes a problem when it’s based on somebody else’s ideals and not your own.
Following plans, constantly looking for advice and tips, looking at other people and how much they exercise takes the focus off you and your journey.
No two pregnancies, post-partum recoveries or #mumlife’s are the same.
The only way to really get the lean & healthy body you want that bursts with energy is to focus on how your body feels and how it responds to exercise.
- Some pregnant women can exercise right up until the day they give birth, others have to stop.
- Some women recover from giving birth without any trouble at all, others take longer to get their energy levels back.
- Some mums have a lot of help and other mums don’t have so much help.
That’s how you build a truly personalised program like the one that comes with my FitMum Program.
My next FitMum Program Intake is April 15th, I don't work with just anyone so to see if you and I are a good fit for each other you can Apply Here.