Pregnancy and post-birth is an incredibly exciting time. You have just experienced (or are still experiencing) the roller coaster of pregnancy and all the perks that go with it. Keeping your body fit has many benefits to you and your baby. But staying mentally fit is also a big factor to maintain as you set off on this new chapter.
Mental health has recently become a big talking point within the community of late, however not a lot of attention has been focused specifically on motherhood. Daily stresses, screaming children and the juggle between work, play and a baby can understandably take their toll. Keeping active and fit has long been connected to ones mental health also; therefore it seems fitting that working out your body would also work out your mind.
Mens sana in corpore sano – this Latin proverb translate to “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.
So how does one find a mental balance while the physical juggle takes toll? Group fitness could be the key. Finding an environment that is welcoming, nurturing, and guided is a great place to start. Many gyms and fitness providers cater to new mums; whether they have on site facilities like crèche, or host mums group fitness classes. Finding the right fit for you and your baby makes a world of difference.
Platforms like Buzvil (www.buzvil.com) in Brisbane, Australia allow users to search for classes like pre-natal yoga, mums group fitness, or even gyms that have these facilities. Once you’ve found the right class for you, you’ll start to see the benefits. Not only will you start to bounce back to your pre-baby body, but your mind will be free of stress and worry, and you’ll be making new friends experiencing the same things you are as a new mum.
It may take a village to raise a child, but who says the village can’t help shape the mum too, both physically and mentally? Seek the support you need during this time, to live a healthy, productive, and balanced life with your new baby.