SUPER MUMS OF FITNESS FIRST
Being a mother is arguably the most difficult role in the world. With the temporary closure of schools and childcare centres due to the ongoing Circuit Breaker measures, many parents are struggling to navigate through their work day at home with a kid or two in the mix. In this special Mother’s Day feature, we caught up with 3 Super Mums from Fitness First Singapore and find out how they are coping emotionally and making the most out of this stay-home period with their children.
SHARING THE LOVE OF FITNESS
Danielle – Personal Trainer and Mother of 1
Meet Danielle, a loving mother of 15-month-old Valeria.
Recognizing the importance in keeping her toddler constantly stimulated to jump-start early development, Danielle explores many creative indoor activities with the use of books, puzzles, sensory play and movement.
“Valeria’s outdoor activities and classes are being put on hold but that did not cause her to miss out on the fun as she could still continue her daily walk with her favorite wooden dog at the balcony. She also helps with small tasks such as watering the plants or helping me to air the laundry. Glad to have a little helper in the house!” Danielle shared.
As a personal trainer, Danielle understands the importance of staying active especially during this stay-home period. While doing Yoga, strength training, high-intensity workout or stretches for at least 30 minutes daily, she would also encourage Valeria to carry out simple squats and leg raises together with her. “I would put some pillows along the couch to make a slide or sheets over chairs to make a tunnel to crawl under. This is the Personal Trainer in me,” she said.
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… “As a personal trainer, you are bound to get comments! Before pregnancy, it was about my abs. During pregnancy, it was about my rather ‘small’ belly and whether I should be doing the exercises that I was doing.
Now, I have quite a lot of people telling me how impressive it is that I have lost all my pregnancy weight and that I looked thinner than before my pregnancy. It is nice to see my hard work pay off.
On the outside, it might look like I am back to pre-pregnancy body, but I still have so much recovery to do to strengthen my pelvic floor and regain muscle mass. So, it is important to work your fitness from the inside out.”
Program was launched 2019 – I helped in designing, setting up and running a trial on this new fitness program. The target group is moms with kids of all ages. “The program emphasis on rebuilding your core and increasing your energy levels. It is a 6 week program incorporating low intensity movement, circuit training, core specific exercises and aqua aerobics. You can join as early as 6 weeks postpartum, when cleared by the doctor.”