You can barely scroll through Instagram these days without seeing adorable dog videos, delicious cakes being made and bikini bodies. Sometimes those bikini bodies are those that gave birth to twins two months ago to which I think ‘good for them’ but not realistic for us.
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I’m active. I love walks, pilates and running around with my girls. I’m also committed to eating food that nourishes and nurtures my body but I also enjoy my chocolate and weekly pizza nights!
I think being active is so important for your mental health as well as physical health so it becomes part of my self care. If I get a 15 minute walk in, I’m happy. But there is a lot of information out there and pressure to bounce back straight away.
So with that in mind, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nikki Knieriem who runs Mum-Me Fit Time, an online fitness training service for Mums. Nikki’s approach is realistic, practical and nurturing – perfect for Mums!
Nikki is also running a FREE 12 day Mini Challenge for Mums focusing on Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset starting on Monday 16 April. Click here to join!
Why did you start Mum Me Fit Time?
I started Mum-Me Fit Time because as a Mum of young children I often struggle myself to get to structured exercise sessions because classes are on at times that don’t work for me, my partner is away, a child is sick and a million other reasons. I started Mum-Me Fit Time for mums to workout anytime and anywhere.
What makes your program different from other online fitness programs?
My program is different because I offer two options for mums. The first is a challenge that focuses on fitness, nutrition and mindset. It isn’t a ‘quick fix’ challenge, the aim is for mums to discover what tools will best work for their lifestyle and assist them in their health and fitness journey. The second option is online personal training, where a program is written specifically catering to each mums goals and structured to fit with their lifestyle. Both options see me working with each mum to ensure accountability and assist mums to find the right tools for their health and fitness journey.
What is the biggest misconception when it comes to fitness for mums?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that it is really easy to get that ‘bikini body’ back. The media bombards us with images of women who have a baby and 2 weeks later (I may be slightly exaggerating here) are on a model shoot or telling us how they ‘got their body back’. In reality having a newborn is tough enough – I know I certainly didn’t have time to train 24/7. In fact I was lucky to have time to exercise for 1 hour a day.
What are the biggest challenges for Mums when it comes to fitness?
By far the biggest challenge is time. Whether it is a Mum who is running between work, children’s activities and housework or a Mum who is super busy with managing kids sleep times, feeding and general care. I also find that mums just don’t know where to start. I try to cater for this by offering quick 5 to 15 minute workouts.
What are your top 3-5 tips for Mums who want to improve their fitness or want to become active again?
My top tips to becoming active again:
1. Set some goals. Ideally a long term goal and a short term goal with an clear action on how you will achieve these.
2. Don’t go out too hard. Often people starts out with great intentions and go hard at the start by doing lots of workout a week. This is great but may not be sustainable. Ideally you want being active to become part of your lifestyle, so build up. Schedule in one or two sessions a week and if that’s working after a few weeks, add another.
3. If you are struggling to schedule in an exercise session break down your days. Do a 5 minute abdominal workout then when you find time later in the day do a 5 minute leg workout. Breaking your day into smaller slots of exercise, still helps to increase your daily activity. 4. Increase your incidental exercise. Find opportunities to be active. You might park further away from the shops or even walk around the dining table every time you fold a pile of clothes. Like in tip 3, every opportunity to move increases your daily activity.
Thank you Nikki for your top tips!