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Personal Trainer and Young Mum, Shannon Tamainu, Shares Her Tips for fitting in exercise with young children

Shannon has been a trainer for over 5 years and for the last 18 months she has added being a mum to her responsibilities. As an exercise and health professional Shannon has ensured to keep up her own exercise and health regime. Shannon shares with us her top tips for exercising when time and equipment is limited.

Tip 1- MAKE IT FUN AND INCLUDE THE KIDS

Shannon: Children mirror your actions so make exercising with your children fun and they will get into the routine with you or even give you assistance (my son is the ideal weight for adding extra resistance to my squats and lunges, and he loves the motion of the exercise). I include playing time with my son, like going for a kick at the park, as part of my exercise regime. Its great bonding time and the endorphin release makes us both pretty happy.

Tip 2- EXERCISE EARLY IN THE MORNING AT HOME BEFORE THE CHILDREN WAKE UP

Shannon: Mornings are really the only time when there are no competing factors on my time. My son is asleep; it’s too early to make phone calls. I have no excuses but to just get into it. If you’ve never trained in the morning it can take a little getting used to but like anything you body is always able to adapt. Some people need a quick bite of food before training in the morning, me personally I like to get straight into it as I find training on an empty stomach helps get my metabolism going and by the time I’m finished my appetite is ready for brekkie.

Tip 3- WORKOUT WITH OTHER MUMS

Shannon: When motivation is lacking having training partners are great, especially other mums who understand the aspects of being a mum. Me and my girlfriends try to train in a local park at least once a week and the children play together while we get a good sweat going. When I join a gym I make sure to have at least one of my girlfriends join up as well so we both have someone to train with and keep smashing our fitness goals.

Tip 4- NEVER USE YOUR CHILDREN AS AN EXCUSE

Shannon: My son and my health are both important to me and I refuse to let one impede on the other. Having a mindset of being flexible and organised allows for both my son and my health to thrive. I ensure that the reason I don’t exercise is never because of mum duties.

SHANNON’S TAKE HOME MESSAGE

Being organised and planning at the start of the week when I will exercise is critical. A wide range of activities each week keeps me motivated and on track.

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