The fabulous Karla from Ironmum Karla asked me the other week for my top tips on managing my health and wellness around being a working Mum. I thought I would share my answers in case you are out there feeling like it can't be done too..
1. What is your most efficient/effective workout that you could share with other time poor women/mums? (it could be for different results - cardio, strength, yoga for soul?)
For me it would have to be Pilates Reformer.
It supports all the fundamentals of a mat Pilates Class but amplifies them so builds a strong core and works on mobilising all your joints along with keeping the limbs nice and long with the stretching component. To top all that off it also works a huge range of the smaller muscles and because it is on a sprung loaded bed you can match it to your ability and are forced to control your movements in both directions of each exercise resulting in a superb toning ability.
I love the fact that it is a more gentle approach. The breathing and lack of loud music means it actually feels like a little bit of time out from the busy world of thoughts/chores/deadlines and little people.
For me it is mind, body and soul and I come out floating on a cloud, feeling longer , leaner and more rested than I did on arrival.
2. What’s one healthy, and fast dinner that you rely on (if possible include pics plus a recipe).
My go to healthy and fast is home made pizza..
For us it is Home Made Pizza.. I am lucky enough to have invested in a Thermomix so it takes no time to make the dough and then our toppings are to taste but we all use the same base ingredients..
For the Dough of 3 to 4 Bases I take 280g of water and a teaspoon of dried yeast and heat them together on a low heat for a few minutes.
Add to that 500g of Wholemeal Flour and knead until combined well.
This is left placed in a bowl with a tea towel over the top in the pantry for an hour then divided up and rolled out into bases.
I personally love doing them in more of an abnormal rectangular shape as it makes them more obviously homemade
For the kids toppings we use a
Homemade Tomato Passata Sause (which is simply tomatoes, basil and olive oil cooked until reduced into a sauce consistency of your choice)
Then my husband and I like to add Proscuitto and Figs with some Blue Cheese once they have come out of the oven.
Cooking time is between 10 and 12 minutes in a very hot over.. 220-250 degrees is what we do but pizza oven is obviously even better.
3. What is a secret you could share as to how you fit wellness into your lifestyle? (By this I mean, ways you make a healthy lifestyle fit into your day, perhaps through the help of others/ husband, a gym creche, child bribery , working out in the park while your children play) How you incorporate it into your family schedule.
We really try and show our kids a healthy lifestyle and lead by example with all of us eating the same meals etc (no making special stuff for kids) and wellness comes the same way.
When the kids are around we are as a family we go on bush walks, go to the pool, have the kids ride their bikes to the beach and back whilst we run it or take our dog to the park.
When I am solo during the week I obviously exercise when they are at school if possible but during the school holidays I will go for a run early before hubby goes to work or use the creche at my gym. One of my favourite things is doing fitness DVD's at home with the kids.. it can be a mess sometimes and takes a little longer but it is so much fun and lastly we have TRX straps and boxing mitts and pads with skipping ropes at home so if I get desperate I do a circuit class with the kids.. again very silly but very fun... for them!.
Do you exercise with your kids? Do you wish you could? What is your fav healthy recipe?