Meet Catherine, she’s 34-years-old and new mom to a beautiful baby girl named Sophia…to say she’s busy is an understatement. Her and her family live near Milton Keynes and they loved to be active…well before they decided to have a child. Before they loved hanging out with friends, spending their day outside, and pretty much fitting in as many activities as they possibly could in one day. However, when they had their first child her priorities shifted.
“When I weigh up the options of going to the gym or going out and socialising with some friends, I’d rather put the money towards a drink or money towards some social time, to go and see them all or something instead of paying for a gym membership,” she says.
When Catherine started to take note of her lack of exercise she knew it was time to shift her priorities and find balance.
“I miss being active, mainly because I think it’s very important for myself and my family, and for me to set that example for my children.
“Also for my health – I just feel tired most of the time. That just makes me feel really bad inside when I know how fit I used to be and how much activity I used to get into my day,” she says.
With that being said, Catherine chose to #GetBackOnTrack. And her advice to everyone out there is to find something you love to do. Find your passion and do it with a friend because it makes working out and getting back on track easier than you may think.
And that is exactly what she did. She used to love Yoga and attending Yoga class, so she decided it’s time to start putting her money towards her health. She is taking classes with her friends and is making sure her family is as active as possible.
Personal trainer Alex Craine advises those getting back into exercise after a short or long break to start with short and sharp training. He recommends high intensity interval training sessions, which can be done in as little as 8 minutes and are easy to fit around your busy schedule.
Even if you only have 10 minutes a day for training you will notice it really does make a big difference. Try blocking out the time each week to really help you get into a routine as you begin to build up your fitness levels. For those who have taken a break, Alex advises keeping training sessions 48 hours apart, to give your body time to recover and minimise the chance of injury.
He also recommends making exercise into a social event. You can combine fitness and socialising by joining group exercises. For example – CrossFit has a strong community aspect, which helps keep everyone of all levels motivated.
If Catherine can do it so can you! Make that first move and make the choice to get you and your family #BackOnTrack …trust us you won’t regret it. For more on Catherine’s journey and to find out how you too can get back on track, be sure to check out the video above.