Virtual exercise classes were born out of a necessity for trainers to keep supporting their clients during the various lockdowns of 2020. As it turns out, they have more positives than we imagined and it seems they are here to stay! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains how virtual mums and bubs classes actually work.
Sometimes mum-life can feel a little isolating and very unlike your previous life. Rachel Leman explores why joining a mums' fitness group can have many benefits, not only for your physical health but also for your mental health.
If you think, 'I don’t have time for self-care, I’m a new mum!' this list is for you. Carly Steggles shares some achievable goals and proves that every little counts when it comes to looking after yourself in those first few months of motherhood. How many can you tick off for yourself this week?
Most mums will agree that even on minimal sleep and with unsettled little ones, hitting the pavement in the gorgeous outdoors will always make things feel so much better for everyone! Jody Secker shares her top 5 pram walks in Perth.
During pregnancy, our posture changes and that continues after giving birth – before you know it, you are assuming "the Mum Posture". Meli Comaschi-Cordoba takes us through 3 of the best exercises for new mums to help improve posture and function.
Being a mum is a physically demanding job. So much so that you'd be surprised by just how much you move on a day to day basis. Christie Houghton explains how some daily 'mum movements' are actually functional exercises, and how you can make sure you are moving safely and effectively in your everyday life as a mum.
Growing up in a conservative country, Sahar Daryan knows how challenging it can be for women to talk about their bodies, especially during pregnancy and after giving birth. As a fitness professional focussed on training mums, she is trying to open up the conversation and let women know that help is always there.
Exercising to the weakest link is vital in pregnancy and post-birth to help keep your pelvic floor and abdominals safe. Anita Guerra, trainer and midwife, explains.
Leaking post-birth might be common but it is not necessarily normal, and could be a sign that there's something wrong with your pelvic floor. Magdalena Hawley shares her story about being diagnosed with prolapse postpartum and how she decided to fix it and turn it into something positive to help others.
As a Personal Trainer, Melissa Neilsen was determined to stay fit throughout her third pregnancy and snap back into "doing it all" straight after giving birth. But what she didn't expect was to prolapse 3 weeks postpartum. Here she shares her story of her recovery.
In today's society, it's difficult to achieve or maintain a healthy body image with external diet culture messaging seeping in from every angle. So what can we do as parents to foster a healthy body image in our children? Sheridan Wakefield shares some practical tips.
In a less than normal year, working out at home has become the norm. While it comes with many positives, it's not always easy. Jody Secker gives her top tips on how to get the most out of your home workouts.
As hard as it may be in a world full of lockdowns and restrictions, it's important for pregnant women to continue to exercise, especially when they're in isolation at home. Jacqui Ambrus-Bonazzi explores the reasons why.
Becoming a new mum is an incredible experience but it can be overwhelming, disheartening and scary to find yourself living in a body you no longer recognise. So, how can you deal with the fear that it will never look the same again? Alicia Johnson shares some practical tips.
Motherhood can be overwhelming, lonely and full of uncertainty, so what's better than finding yourself among other mums being led by a specialised trainer? Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains why you should seek out a local mums and bubs exercise group.
Life as a mum is hectic and isolation can be challenging. These two mixed together can put an unusual spin on daily life, so how can a busy mum motivate herself in isolation? Emma Bunting shares her top tips.
For many women, childbirth will result in physical trauma, the effects of which can be life-altering. Body-based trauma counsellor Thea Baker wonders why, after working so hard to conceive, carry and birth our children, do we feel the need to compress our recovery into the shortest amount of time imaginable?
Staying at home day after day can be tough – but keeping active doesn't have to be a chore. With a little creativity and planning, it can actually be a lot of fun! Rachel Leman shares her top 5 tips to help keep the whole family active at home.
Every mum and every baby are different, so it’s no surprise that we all form attachments at different times and in different ways with our babies. Some mums might bond with their baby the first time they see them, like love at first sight. Some mums might not feel an instant connection. Louise Hurley explains why this is perfectly OK as well as when and how to reach out for help if it’s needed.
At a 6-week postpartum check-up, women expect a long, thorough chat about their birth, pregnancy and what should and shouldn't be happening now – and in the future. But, the reality is your 6-week check-up is NOT enough. Anita Guerra, trainer and midwife, explains why.
If the saying "where you’re at right now is exactly where you’re supposed to be" is annoying for you it’s probably because where you're at is not where you want to be. Feeling like you're behind with your fitness is hard - so what do you do? Olivia Park explains.
Being mum to a newborn was hard. My body didn’t feel like my own anymore and breastfeeding was agony. I was tired, sore and emotionally drained. I just felt so sorry for myself. When I look back on this period of time I feel extremely fortunate that these feelings of low mood only lasted a few days. It’s what many people would call the baby blues. But how can you tell when the baby blues are no longer the blues, but postnatal depression? Louise Hurley explains.
Returning to exercise as a new mum can be a minefield. Many women will turn to the ‘experts’ for help not knowing that many Fitness Professionals also ‘don’t know what they don’t know’. Jen Dugard shares her top five tips on the questions your trainer should ask you and the things they should do before you return to training.
As a midwife, Anita Guerra has supported countless mums during their labour and birth and has witnessed firsthand how exercise throughout pregnancy can assist with labour and birth preparation. Here she takes us through the benefits and why she highly recommends it.
Now that you've had your baby, you might be tempted to join a local mums and bubs exercise class. But are they really any different to regular fitness classes? Carly Steggles explains why they are - or why they should be!
Do you judge the success of your workout based on how much you sweat? And do you wonder if you worked hard enough because you’re not sweating as much as others? Olivia Park explores whether sweating really is an indication of a good workout.
Whilst group fitness classes are an awesome way to connect with other like-minded mums through exercise, there are many reasons why training one on one with a specialised trainer could be more suitable. Sheridan Wakefield outlines the top 5 reasons a mum-focused personal training session may be right for you.
Whether you had an elective or emergency C-section, you should know a couple of things before starting to exercise again. It is major abdominal surgery, and proper recovery is necessary. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.
Motherhood is a rollercoaster of extreme emotions and it can be hard sometimes to know what is normal and when a little helping hand is needed. Louise Hurley shares her personal experience of becoming a mum and explains when and where you can ask for help.
Many women find themselves trapped in the cycle of on-again off-again dieting without understating why these same diets keep failing to provide them with long-lasting results. Diet recovery coach Lu-Lu Thompson explains the top 5 reasons why diets don't work.
Trauma is such a vast and complex thing, and it shows up in different ways for different people. Thea Baker, a body-based trauma counsellor, looks into the impact that trauma can have on our minds as well as our bodies.
While you are pregnant, you will receive so much advice on the dos and don'ts, but the one topic people don’t generally talk about is your pelvic floor. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, takes us through the importance of pelvic floor exercises whether you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or post-partum.
When life gets lifey, it’s often your training that’s the first to go. If you’re active and enjoy movement, you can still train in a way that honours how you feel – it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Olivia Park explains how to modify your training to still progress even when mum life gets hectic.
As mums we have so many experiences in common but our pregnancy and birth stories differ greatly. But now that you’ve done the hard work, baby is home and you're recovering well, what’s the point in re-visiting your birth story? It's important, and Louise Hurley explains why.
We all expect our body to change during pregnancy. Many women find comfort in their growing tummy and boobs but after the baby is born, we think we should just "bounce back" into our pre-pregnancy bodies. But does this really happen? Rachel Leman looks into the most common body changes that happen after having a baby.
If you think about your pelvic floor like any other muscle in your body, doing an exercise for a few seconds, a few times, once a week, is not going to strengthen these muscles. Physiotherapist Jaclyn Thurley explains what your pelvic floor training program should include.
In the time of COVID-19, most things have gone virtual - including mums' fitness groups! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba highlights the benefits of joining a virtual group (and why they might stick around even after things go back to "normal").
As women, we not only have to deal with life stress but also daily and weekly hormonal fluctuations. Once you start to understand your body's natural cycle, you can start to use it to enhance your fitness pursuits. Olivia Park looks into the best fitness tool you didn't know you had.
You're feeling mostly like yourself again after having a baby. You're working out, throwing a few social engagements in the mix and feeling like life has more flow to it. There's something missing though. Your libido. It's MIA. If you're asking: Where is my libido after having a baby? This is for you.
There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing if you want a midwife or an obstetrician caring for you throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. As midwife Anita Guerra explains, the most important thing is to be well informed before making your decision.
Historically, the most commonly marketed way to rapidly lose body fat was to eat as little as possible and to train hard. We are just now starting to understand the serious health implications of this old school methodology. Diet recovery coach Lu-Lu Thompson explains what to do if you think you've messed up your metabolism dieting.
A few weeks ago before COVID-19, life with a baby and/or a toddler was hard enough! Now, you can't even leave the house and you're missing YOUR time. That's why now, more than ever, you need your mums and bubs fitness class - even if it happens to be virtual.
The first stage in helping your pelvic floor muscles recover after giving birth is simply rest – and not jumping straight into dreaded kegels! Carly Steggles outlines the best way to help your pelvic floor to heal after giving birth.
Living through a global pandemic is challenging and stressful. Just getting by functionally and emotionally is absolutely fine – we don't have to make any radical changes to our lifestyle to protect ourselves and our family. But, there are small things we can do to help look after our body and mind. Louise Hurley gives us FIVE simple tips.
Having a new baby is the most amazing thing that will happen to you, but it can also be very isolating and tiring. Leaving the house with a new baby can be challenging, but trying to fit in some daily exercise is so important for your physical and mental health. Here are our top 5 reasons you should try a group exercise mums and bubs class.
Sheridan Wakefield talks to clinical psychologist Lisa Ford about building resilience in children including simple and practical strategies for parents - something that's more valuable now than ever before!
Mums are the world's best multitaskers but all of this responsibility can leave us feeling stressed, anxious, exhausted and burnt out. Louise Hurley gives us some tips on how to manage these feelings and some practical things we can do to manage stress.
Have you started experiencing upper back pain since being pregnant? Or has breastfeeding left you hunched over and achey? Physio Madison gives us her top tips on how to help back pain during pregnancy, as well as postnatally.
Let's face it, mum life is exhausting! How are you supposed to get motivated to exercise and eat healthily when it all just seem way too hard! Rachel Leman gives us some great tips on how to get started.
We all know that regular exercise has numerous health benefits but why is safe return to exercise so critical for new mums and their long-term health? Anita Guerra explains.
Despite all the amazing benefits of carbohydrates, they usually get given a bad rap. Nutritionist Inna Merkin looks into whether carbs really are bad for us.
Trauma is a word that we hear a lot today in various contexts but what is birth trauma? Thea Baker breaks it down for us.
It’s so easy to lose sight of who you are when you become a mum. It’s not that you don’t care about yourself, it’s just that your priorities have been turned upside down. Louise Hurley shares some tips on how to rediscover a sense of self after you become a mum.
So you’ve carried a baby for nine months, gone through labour and now you want to get back into exercise and start running. Madison Cutmore explains how to return to running after having a baby without getting injured.
Keto? The 800-calorie diet? Boombod? Diet recovery coach Louise Thompson unpacks the worst diet trends of the last year – and why most of them are simply money down the toilet.
If you're a new mum and keen to get outdoors, grab a group of mum friends and get strolling round one of our picks for the 5 Best Pram Walks in Sydney!
It's a question on the minds of new mums everywhere but one so many are afraid to ask. Sexologist Lauren White looks into when is the right time to start having sex after birth – and how you will know.
You have given birth to your beautiful baby and now it’s apparently time to lose the baby weight – right? Rachel Leman explains why postpartum weight gain is not that uncommon.
Postnatal depression affects 1 in 5 new mums. Louise Hurley explains the most common signs and symptoms and where you can find help if you think you've got it...
The simple idea of returning to exercise postpartum can be both exciting and scary at the same time! Meli Comaschi-Cordoba explains what you need to know.
Being a new mum can make you feel lonely and isolated. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, explains how we can reduce isolation post-birth and help prevent postnatal depression.
Staying strong during your pregnancy will help you return to running quickly and injury free postnatally. Madison Cutmore highlights her top five exercises to keep you run-ready during pregnancy.
Wondering how you can help towards the Australian bushfire crisis? Here is a list of 50 everyday Aussies doing their bit to support others – and how you can join them.
How can you prepare your body for birth? And why is it so important? Women's Health Physio Tamara Woods shares her advice.
What is the best type of post-natal exercise? Rachel Leman explains.
With the silly season in full swing, it can be such a quest to manage to find time for yourself. Meli Comaschi-Cordoba gives us 5 easy tips to practise self-care as a mum.
Runners like to run. So what if you're told you can't for the next 9 months? Madison Cutmore explains why you should treat your pregnancy as an off-season for running.
Many mums wonder if exercise can affect their breastmilk and milk supply. Anita Guerra, Midwife and Fitness Trainer, answers the most common questions around breastfeeding and safe return to exercise.
Christie Houghton recently won the Small Group Trainer of the Year Award. Here she tells us a little bit more about this awesome achievement!
How can you learn to accept (and love!) your post-baby body? Meli Comaschi-Cordoba discovers a few ways to start.
Are you a weight-lifting mum? Jen gives her top tips on how to safely lift weights postpartum.
Wendy Smiljan and her family (including 3 kids) recently visited Club Med Bintan. Here she reviews their stay.
Jen Dugard details the top six safe and effective exercises for a strong post-baby body
Rachel Leman of Miss Motivator Women's Workouts talks to Carly Groves, a physiotherapist, on the topic of Pelvic Girdle Pain.
Jen Dugard talks to Lulu Thompson, diet recovery coach and personal trainer on how to leave behind years of dieting and move forward as a mum.
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