Why movement works
Because obviously I do all my fitness overlooking the Caribbean sea! We can maintain fitness anywhere anytime, fitness doesn't mean a tiny size, fitness for me is strength and power. Not just physically but mentally too. Its a head clearer, a starter of the day. When we exercise, we release endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body that has been likened to morphine no less!
Sport is important to our whole family. Our kids pick up on what they see us doing and physical exercise is key for them, it covers so much good on every level. My boys are into their sport and Matilda is a mermaid (quite literally, I have evidence!) If you're new to fitness, consider starting small, get your comfy old sweats on and jog for fifteen mins, or less, whatever you can manage. If you can do this three times a week then great.
No matter which way you slice it, the older you get the harder it is to stay fit and whilst genes play a part in your body shape I've noticed a difference post 40. It's just tougher to maintain.
Body image is another issue, how we are 'supposed' to look. In the 90's images of skeletal 'heroine chic', were plastered everywhere. I felt enormous pressure in my 20's to be skinny. Today more being is done with regard being confident in the body we are in, which is exactly how it should be. But we've a way to go.
We try not to be 'weight' driven in our house, we don't posses a set of scales, I consciously took that decision mainly for my daughter, but listening to Radio 5 live recently, boys are really feeling the heat to get the 'right' body too.
After the babies I really felt the social pressure to get rid of the weight. Pregnancy weight can be something we're in such a rush to rid ourselves of. After Archie the weight fell off relatively quickly, after Matilda not so much, it was just really hard to shift. Needless to say, this got me exercising which meant the weight I gained after Rocco was a little easier to get rid of.
These days I exercise about four times a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but if I am honest, I try not to do less than three sessions per week. It doesn't need to be hours in the gym, often I'll do a 20 minute burst, I only ever do more than 45 minutes if I'm in a class. At least one of those sessions for the past few weeks has been yoga, (in my Tiny Fish leggings pictured!) I'm totally new to this. I'm like a steel girder when it comes to flexibility and have bendy envy of all the amazing yogi's I follow on Instagram, who can vinyasa flow whilst sipping on their matcha green tea. I struggle to touch my toes, I'm working on it.
Maybe we should try and take the pressure off ourselves about doing exercise to look good? If you're starting out, do it to make you feel good. Then if it changes the way you look for the better, that good feeling will increase and your mindset of fitness may set in there all by itself.
Fitness is part of what keeps me sane. I enjoy the way it makes me look and feel, but you don't have to bust your nuts in the gym to maintain a healthy life. Just do something, anything. Movement works.