The mum movement: Why exercise helps you to be a better mum

Bec Wilcock and baby Beau

Bec Wilcock is an extreme athlete, founder of Love Me Fit, Blackmores Wellbeing Coach and mum to Beau. Now she shares her tips to staying at the top of her mum game …

Being a mum to little Beau is one of the greatest gifts of all time; it brings me unbridled love and joy. But let’s be honest – being a mum is also really hard work! From the sleep deprivation, anxiety and constant worrying to hormones and mood swings, it’s almost impossible to find time in the day to take care of ‘you’.

Exercise and physical activity were a big part of my life before motherhood, so it was really important for me to continue this after Beau was born. For me, exercise helps me to feel on top of my mum game both physically and mentally. Here’s why:

Exercise is a mood booster

Studies have shown that physical activity increases feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain producing that euphoric feeling you get when you exercise that is sometimes referred to as ‘runner’s high’. These endorphins produced from exercise can reduce stress, make it easier to manage and lead to a deeper sense of relaxation. 

Even just 20-30 minutes of exercise a day can help release endorphins, our body’s ‘happy hormones’, which to me make mum-life a whole lot easier.

Exercise can re-energise

If you’re tired and sleep deprived, working out is probably the last thing you feel like doing. But it can actually help give you an energy boost – music to every mum’s ears! Exercise can enhance the blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue improving their ability to produce more energy.

Here is my 15 minute energiser workout for mums:

  • 20 x backwards reverse lunge
  • 20 x backwards squat
  • 20 x push ups (with kisses)
  • 20 x high plank taps
  • 20 x Mountain climbers
  • 20 x baby holding static lunge
  • 20 x baby holding squat
  • 20 x baby holding squat press
  • 20 x baby holding hip thrusters

60 second rest.

Complete three rounds.  

Exercise can help self-confidence

Childbirth changes your body in ways you couldn’t imagine! From a physiological perspective, functional movement helps with posture and helps to realign after your centre of gravity has shifted. Research has also shown a strong link between positive self-esteem and mental and physical health. Having a regular exercise regime can help you look good, feel stronger and work towards a goal – reinforcing positive attitudes and improved confidence. 

 

For more information on your journey to Be a Well Being or to register for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on 17 September 2017, visit Run.Blackmores.com.au

 

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