If you want something done, done fast, and done well, ask a mum!
Claire Cole has done just that, she’s created a range of 15 minute mood boosting workouts you can do anywhere. There’s even one you can do with the kids!
She believes exercise can be as enjoyable and as addictive as a Netflix binge with a dirty Friday night takeaway (and of course a big glass of wine!). It’s essential to listen to your body and do something you love, something that fits with your lifestyle.
Workouts should alleviate stress not cause it. Accordingly to Claire, guilt and stress can do more damage to our bodies than chocolate! All movement counts, you don’t have to put yourself through a one hour punishing HIIT class to feel good when you are a time strapped mum and leader of your household.
Do something for YOU and be the best version of YOU
Exercise is so important, not only for the mental and physical health benefits but it also has a large impact on our energy levels and confidence. Here’s some hot tips to make the most out of your workouts and your time.
1. Get up and Do it
Claire streams FREE live 20 minute total body exercise classes 3 mornings a week, you’ll be in the shower by 6.30 am! You have an entire morning of hair pulling, screaming and split juice to ahead so do something first thing for YOU that makes YOU feel good. Just get up and do it.
2. Listen to your body
Commit to finding a way to move your body every day in a way that fits with your lifestyle. Listen to your body, don’t punish it. When you’ve been up with your little one more times than down at night and you don’t have the energy for that planned 7 am HIIT class, try 20 minutes of stretching instead. On the flip side if you wake up with a ton of energy, go smash that workout!
3. Don’t over think it
Before you convince yourself the To Do list can’t wait, set the alarm 30 mins early, take that time for YOU. The screaming and spilt juice will still be there when you’re finished, however your mood and energy levels will be boosted for the whole day, you will feel like you can take on the world and win!
4. Keep it simple
We fail when we try to achieve the unachievable, time is limited for all of us mums. Don’t get stuck in a cycle of euphoria, withdrawal and guilt. Remember that workout you did a week ago that made you feel amazing, the withdrawal you felt when you haven’t done it since then and now the guilt of not being able to fit it in? Be kind to yourself, keep it simple.
5. Make it social
When the kids are in bed, get the girls round for a Friday night workout you can do together then order the dirty takeaway and indulge in the Netflix binge! We are more likely to workout when we feel motivated and when it’s fun, so do it together!
Claire’s passion for intuitive exercise that boosts your mood and supports your mental health comes from her own experience of agoraphobia in her 20s to PND in her 30’s. She’s on a mission to get mums feeling good about themselves and her enthusiasm for movement that works for you is infectious.
You can find Claire teaching at Sweaty Betty stores locally, in her online free classes and at Slice in Parsons Green every Wednesday at 9.30 am.
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