Obesity is a big problem, pardon the pun. We know that. It doesn’t take much effort to find out the statistics on weight gain, overweight and obesity. We’ve been slamming fat for quite a while now and carrying that extra bit of weight is the weight loss industry’s money-making key. But despite the money being made things don’t seem to be improving all that much. And just like many people might assume that being overweight is associated with ill-health so too many of us might assume that being thin means you are ‘okay’. Wrong.
Ouch! Yes, this is my tough love approach. And before you get on the bandwagon to ask me ‘what the hell do you know?’ I will tell you that I am a mum to three kids aged 10, 8 and 6 and during at least six years of this myPodcast husband worked 12-14 hours per day and was away quite a lot. Oh yes, and I worked from home. Sound like fun?
I’ve been in the massage industry for more than 18 years and one of the wonderful things that has burgeoned during this time is pregnancy massage.
In my Canberra practice, pregnancy massage is our second-most booked treatment, behind remedial massage. Massage therapy during pregnancy can be the perfect way for an expectant mum to tune in to her body and her needs during this special time.
We haven’t really got the obesity message right. If we had then we had better be able to explain why obesity levels are threatening our hospitals with more cases of Type 2 diabetes with more and more amputations each year. The ‘move more, eat less’ message is either wrong or people are not following. Either way, obesity is so much more complex than simply ‘eating too much’ and ‘not moving enough’ but we have to start somewhere, right?
In the Media
The media loves reporting on celebrity mothers exercising shortly after giving birth. Rosemary Marchese asks whether all new mums should wait before they start running.
To run or not to run? That is a big question asked by many clients to their personal trainers. While the industry has generally shifted a little from the ‘don’t overdo it’ approach embraced during the postnatal period of yesteryear, there is still a bit of a taboo associated with running too soon after having a baby. So how soon is ‘too soon’?