Categories Advice, Health, Health Tips, Nutrition, Obesity, personal trainer perth, Weightloss

Do you have a “Barrier” stopping you from starting a fitness program?

If you are constantly thinking about starting an exercise and weight management program but just can’t seem to get there.  Have you asked yourself why that is? Realistically, not just the usual “I just can’t”.  Sometimes you are stuck in the pre-contemplation phase far too long that it just becomes far too hard to actually start.

Think about the following statements if you are stuck in pre-contemplation of looking after yourself, and see if any of them fit with what your current barriers are like:

  1. I feel embarrassed about starting to exercise in front of others and I won’t be able to keep up.
  2. I’ve put on so much weight, where do I start again?
  3. I’m just so tired, when can I even fit in time to look after myself.
  4. I know what I need to do, I just need to start, but I don’t know how to start with all of my commitments.
  5. I can’t mentally deal with exercise, or anything right now, but I know it would make me feel better if I did do something.
  6. With my physical condition, I won’t be able to do any exercise anyway, it’ll be too hard.
  7. I can’t buy healthy foods because they are too expensive.

If you are feeling any of these things, but it’s still consistently on your mind, that you must start something, give these a try:

  1. Find some exercises on YouTube for free that you can do in your jimmy jams at a time that suits you, no-one needs to see you at all, until you are comfortable to work out around other people.
  2. If you’ve put on a lot of weight, but you can’t seem to reduce your intake, start your own food diary, write down everything, I’d suggest getting a book with an inspirational quote on the front (try Typo, they have loads of these) and a glitzy pen (yes the old fashioned way) and just write in it at the end of the day. And write everything.  This is a great way to actually understand what it is that you’ve taken in for the day, by writing it down and focusing on writing it down means you aren’t distracted by a phone, an app, or text messages, and social media.  You’ll be surprised at how by actually looking at that list and thinking, did I really consume all of that food today, focuses you into reducing your food intake.  Don’t count the calories just write down the food and drinks in a list, line by line.  Also write down how you felt afterwards, try to introduce some mindfulness around your eating and identifying links to any food sensitivities.  Once you start to do this consistently, you will be in a better and more focussed mindset to try to look after your diet, then introduce some exercise. Just consistent walking at the very beginning.
  3. Being tired is something that is a constant issue with day to day pressures.  Try to decrease your sugar intake and caffeine slowly, increase your water intake and always have a bottle handy.  Eating citrus can perk you up too, taking in some fresh air and regular breaks at work can help, but the main thing is to try to remind yourself that you are tired only until you start to move your body, as soon as you start to do a little bit of exercise, that tired feeling dissipates and you can muster up some energy with the blood flow increasing around your muscles. Even if its a minimal 15 – 30 minute workout, you’ll feel less tired. Do this consistently, and you’ll feel more perky by the day!
  4. Having commitments every day is everyone’s issue.  But you must prioritise what’s important.  A 3o minute workout is more beneficial in the long run.  You will feel more focussed, more productive, get things done quicker, have a clearer mind, feel stronger and less stressed.  Remember that exercise will reduce stress overall, so the benefits outweigh doing your other task for 30 minutes.  Even if that 30 minutes is a gentle stretch session late in the evening, it’s still more beneficial than not.  Do you sit down and watch TV for 30 mins? Replace that 30 mins with some exercise.
  5. If it’s mentally challenging then I’d suggest talking to family and friends and asking them if they’d meet you for a beach walk so that you have an actual commitment to someone is a good start.  Start slowly, start small, try little 10 minute bursts of exercise just so you can start something, see how it makes you feel and build up from there. You need to have support, so reach out.
  6. If you have a physical ailment stopping you from exercising, check in with your health professionals and ask them what types of exercise is beneficial for you. Then seek it out, make an appointment to go, and go, even when you want to cancel, still go.  See how you like it and how it feels, you’ll probably really like how it makes you feel.
  7. Buying healthy foods is not as expensive as you might think.  Buy produce that is in season as it’s often cheaper, and seek out recipes on the internet, just google the ingredients that you have and I’m sure you will find a recipe. Try to buy healthy foods in bulk, you don’t need fancy ingredients just wholesome real foods that have not been processed and packaged.  Do buy the leanest and highest quality meats, fish and poultry that you can find, and buy in bulk, freeze the portions.  I have to be honest, I don’t like to prepare too many meals in advance and freeze them, I like to cook fresh and have leftovers for lunch the next day, then cook again. But you can do meal prep if you like.

I’m a personal trainer and nutritional coach so of course I recommend that everyone has a coach, once per week, just to keep you on track.  There are many studies where groups have started a weight loss program including fitness that succeeded more long term with the help of seeing coaches regularly.  If you are accountable to someone in person, even once a week, you are more likely to keep on track, rather than being accountable to an app or an online program.  Whether that is a gym program, personal training program, weight loss program or general coaching, it’s a great way to keep yourself healthy and manage your weight long term.

Call me if  you need any help, I do have FaceTime Coaching available which is convenient and cost effective, or good old fashioned personal training!

Angie 🙂

 

Categories Fitness, Health, Health Tips, personal trainer perth, Personal Training, Uncategorized, Womens personal training

Jindalee Beach Event Saturday 10 November 2018

Come along and say hi at our free event this Saturday at Jindalee Beach, contact us to book in or for more information.

The timetable for this event is below or just drop in and say hi and get a quick personal training session for free!

  • 10am to 11am – come along to our stretch and strength session, ideal for beginners and seniors looking to see what exercise is all about, or if you’ve trained all week and are looking to lengthen out those muscles.
  • 11 to 11.15 – free for chats and personal training
  • 11.15 to 12.15pm – If you are looking for some advice on weight loss and how to eat more healthily then this is a good time to come along.  Feel free to share your stories and ask questions.  You’ll receive a free mealtime options sheet.
  • 12.30 to 1.20pm – Parents & Kids time together making healthy snacks, making them on the day and taking some home, we will also have a chat about lunch box snacks and dinner time meals.
  • 1.45 to 3.00pm – Parents & Kids partnered fun exercises you can do together to keep you and you’re family active and healthy.  Let the kids know that daily exercise is part of your lives, just like brushing your teeth! but funner!

If you’d like to do a PT session, just come along between 10am and 3pm and say hi! It’s all free!

The location is Jindalee Beach, to the left of the Jindalee Beach Shack.  I’m the one in the tent!

Hope to see you there, call or text on 0439 523 619 or send an email to angie@createhealthfitness.com.au, send me an email via the https://www.createhealthfitness.com.au/contact-us/ page, or via Facebook CreateHF, insta create_health_fitness.

Categories Diet, Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training, Recipes

Gluten Free Mint, Ginger, Dark Choc and Lemon Curd Mini Cheesecakes

These little treats are made with my own personal dietary requirements in mind and I like to have a sweet treat that doesn’t give me some kind of reaction. My diet is very unique to me but everyone seems to like these!

I made them with the ingredients, all without any nasties, but it was actually hard to find even Ricotta that didn’t have some kind of thickener or artificial ingredient in there. Others that are non-artificial I have trouble with even come down to rice malt, agave, stevia, maple syrup, coconut cream, certain fruits, but this is all down to years and years of careful monitoring and mindful eating, being a food detective! Dairy I can tolerate a limited amount on a daily basis, and is one of my faves, but not the lite versions weirdly, but happily for me!

OK, so, what I sourced for these is the following:

– Totally delicious all natural lemon curd from Barkers New Zealand

– Ricotta cheese by Perfect Italiano, had the least amount of nasties in it

– Light sour cream Coles version

– Gluten free Ginger Snaps – but you can make your own, I just didn’t do that this time

– A fresh lemonade (lemon/orange), the rind and juice or you could use a lime

– 80% dark chocolate, find a good quality one

– Fresh mint leaves, 24 to coat with chocolate and 24 leave fresh

Mini cupcake tray – 24 total or just mini cup cake papers

Method

Melt enough chocolate to make 1/2 cup of melted chocolate, say half a large bar.

When it’s melted, add a very tiny dash of olive oil to keep it in a smooth consistency

Grab a clean little paintbrush or a pastry brush and paint about 24 leaves with a thick layer of chocolate, then put them in the fridge or freezer.

Take the large container of Ricotta cheese and add to a bowl with 3 tablespoons of sour cream, and the zest of one or two of the lemons/lime then quickly pour in the rest of the melted chocolate. This will then create some shards of chocolate in the mix, giving it a bit of texture. Add in the the juice of a lemonade (or lime/lemon), mix. It doesn’t need any sugar or sweeter.

Crush up your ginger snaps by putting them in a bag and smashing them with a rolling pin, but keep them rough, not a totally smooth mixture.

Grease your mini cupcake tin with either a bit of oil or butter, add your ginger biscuit mix to the bottom of each tin.

Lemon Curd Centres

Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon curd to each mini cheesecake.

Pour in the cheesecake mix so it’s full. Top with zest.

Take the leaves out of the freezer and carefully remove the mint leaf. This process needs to be done quickly because your hands will melt the chocolate fairly quickly.

Use the fresh mint leaves to decorate next to the chocolate ones.

Put the finished cheesecakes in the freezer to set.

When you take them out they will keep their shape, just pop them into the fridge.

You may have some leftover cheesecake mixture, you can make additional ones or try a different flavour.

Keep them in the freezer as treats for when you need one later.

Enjoy!

Angie 🙂

Categories Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training, Recipes

Gluten Free Pasty – Egg and Veggie Winter Pie & Salad

If you are anything like me and just can’t find any decent pre-made gluten free pastry, you will like this one for quiche or pie bases. This is a relatively easy little pie to make and nice on a rainy and windy night!

Gluten Free Pastry

1 x cup of self raising GF flour

2x tbs of canola spread

salt and pepper and herbs of choice

Rub the canola spread and dry ingredients together, then add a tsp of water to mix into a dough. If it’s still too dry add another teaspoon, just don’t add too much.

Roll into a ball and wrap in glad wrap to chill in the fridge for about 20-30 mins

Meanwhile start making your pie filling: you can choose anything but for if you use the base of:

1x leek, garlic and add salt and pepper or your favourite seasonings.

Saute in some olive oil

I then added in red and yellow capsicum, mushrooms and about one slice of ham, but just for extra taste really. You could add in any type of low fat protein you like. I wanted keep this simple.

Just lightly cook in the pan to release all the flavours. Then set aside to cool.

Take your pastry out of the fridge and start to place in a pan with a removable bottom (I used a cake tin) make sure you grease this with oil first. Because its gluten free pastry you will need to press this into the tray.

Cover lightly with foil and oven bake about 180 for 20 mins, blind bake.

Go back to your filling, break 4 eggs into a bowl and mix with about 4 tablespoons of light sour cream. Season, add in some parmesan if you like.

When your pastry is baked, take it out and place the foil on a separate baking sheet, under the cake tin because your egg filling might spill during cooking.

Pour in your egg and sour cream mix, add the leeks and veggies and your protein, take 4 eggs and break directly into the mix so they cook whole. Definitely do this, it makes the pie yum! Add a sprinkling of parmesan over the top if you like cheese.

Bake in the oven, I’d put some foil over the top for the first 20 mins to save burning (i.e. don’t do what I did first and didn’t put the foil over hence the slightly charred top!) You’ll need to cook for about 40 mins in total at about 180 to cook through, but just keep checking it with a skewer to save over cooking.

The salad is pear, tomato, snow pea, avocado, salt and lots of pepper then a drizzle of lemon infused olive oil to keep it nice and fresh.

Enjoy!

Send me a message if you need any help! http://Contact Me! Keep checking insta @create_health_fitness for more recipes and tips…

Angie 🙂

Categories Diet, Exercise tips, Health Tips, Personal Training, Weightloss

Are you just soooo over your belly fat? Yes, read on..

So, unfortunately as we age, our metabolism starts to slow down, our muscle mass loss is quicker and we lose our waists. For women, our waistlines thicken and lose our shape and for the boys, that cuddly beer belly starts to shine through.

Can we do something about this. Yes of course, but again, as we age, our exercise and activity needs change. It’s not all about diet, there’s a lot of activity that needs to take place. We can’t just diet and think that’s going to fix it. Yes it will to a degree, but for the plus 35s (yes sorry it does start then! unless you are genetically blessed, and we all know at least one of those friends!), you need to work at it and change some habits.

What causes the pesky belly fat to hang around? Well stress (cortisol hangs onto the fat) it’s a serious cause of belly fat resistance so we need to reduce that, eating too much for our activity level (if you are sitting down all day, you don’t need to eat so much), lack of sleep or interrupted sleep try to get some good shut eye which could mean changing a few evening rituals, lack of activity, too much alcohol, too many lattes and overindulging in the dairy altogether, eating processed or packaged foods or another serious cause is, “I just can’t be bothered syndrome” which collectively is, I can’t, I don’t feel like it, its too dark, I have a sore toe, I’m too tired and I don’t have time. All of which takes a bit of time to actually change in our mind to allow us to exercise.

The To Do List

Unfortunately we aren’t all made the same way so not all workouts and advice suits everyone, if you can adhere to a book or an app, then great, but if you can’t you need some motivation, like a Personal Trainer at least once a week to knock on your door and get you moving for at least 30 mins, will keep you on track. This way you can at least receive a more personalised program tailored to you.

But, in general, here are some things you could try:

You need to combine muscle growth with cardiovascular exercise to get the best results. Constant moderate exercise and doing the same thing day in and out will not help entirely. So you need to mix it up.

  • At least once a day, at lunchtime if you work in an office, in the morning before work or after work, you need to have a moderate walk for 15-20 mins.
  • Office workers, make sure you get up out of your chair once every 30 mins and have a walk around.
  • Try to not have more than one milk based coffee in one day, if you do make it medium at most and try to stick to tea and water mostly. Add a lemon or a strawberry, or even cucumber is nice in your water bottle if you fancy something a bit more interesting.
  • Try to control stressful periods with taking yourself out of the stressful situation and into something different for at least 10 minutes when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Put some thought into what you are grabbing for lunch if you are out ‘n’ about, more clean food protein and salad is the best option, try to stay away from chinese, mexican, roasts with gravies and chips etc, you know the drill. A salad sandwich, home made salad, or leftovers is the best option. If you have to eat out, try Japanese, a salad bar (just avoid too much processed meats), or the roast with the veggies and no chips and gravy. There are plenty of more healthy option cafes around these days so choose one of those if you can.
  • Your workouts need to be frequent and different, if you can’t sign up to a class/gym or a personal trainer, try adding a bit of a jog to your walk, walk for 2 mins, jog for 30 seconds, walk for 1 min, jog for 1 min, then run up a hill, then back to walking. The body fat responds to the random activities well and the change of intensities.
  • Building muscle is soooooo very important to add into your days. Fairly easy to do, there are plenty of resources but try some basics first that don’t need any equipment: squats, lunges, push ups, crunches, tricep dips, burpees, etc. Contact me for a free basics program.
  • I’m a massive advocate for exercising outdoors because it just makes you feel so much better all round, so here are some more things you can do… Get on your bike and ride, go outside for a beach walk, most beaches have stairs or at least some dunes to run up and down, the sand changes the intensity and builds great leg muscles, the local parks have equipment and benches use them to step up on, push ups and tricep dips, go for a hike on the weekend, or more adventurous, try actual hill climbing or join a group to take you out rock climbing.

But seriously, even if you are just sick of the fat for vanities sake and want a hot bod, you really need to consider making some changes if you have belly fat. This visceral fat is dangerous to your health, its stored around your abdominal wall and organs and associated with increased risks of type 2 diabetes, hormonal fluctuations, heart disease, various cancers and Alzheimers disease. It’s a scary health issue not just a vanity issue especially if you are ‘mid-life’ shall we say!

Addressing it as soon as you can see it is the best time to get on top of it. Then you can look super hot and be super healthy too.

If you need help with this, I’m here to help you navigate making changes to your lifestyle, even if it’s just a couple of visits to get you on track or a check-in once a week to get you moving.

I have been personal trainer and nutrition coach since 2007 and I love to help people make the changes needed to be not just body healthy but emotionally happy too, they generally go hand in hand. So wherever you are, if you are reading this and just don’t know where to start, contact me for a chat to see what we can put in place for you! You can also follow me on instagram @create_health_fitness.

Angie

Categories Exercise tips, Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training, Weightloss

CreateU4x4 fitTechnique Program 30 June to 28 July

What’s it all about??!!

This has been designed as a 4 session x 4 week beginners wellbeing program or can be used as a “check-back-in” program for anyone who falls off the healthy wagon.  It has been designed to specifically address 4 key areas:

1. How you are feeling now about your body image, current health, mental wellbeing, fitness level, and how we are going to get you on track.

2. Addressing tricky weight management issues, food preparation techniques and nutritional education.

3. Increasing your strength and changing shape, cardiovascular health and fitness, looking well, feeling strong and good about yourself, gaining confidence along the way.

4. Fitness activities outdoors to increase feelings of mental space as well as being in a very different environment than usual, getting out and doing an activity on location such as hiking that you may not necessarily do and a view you might not necessarily see very often! This gives you a real sense of achievement doing things that are essentially difficult and outside of your comfort zone.  Boosts your happy hormones!

We believe that committing to a program and connecting with the same group of people regularly with a similar focus will give you a sense of belonging and achievement.  We will also be doing weekend outdoor group activities on location somewhere around Perth and based on the groups overall fitness level. Our food preparation classes are fun, hands-on and nutritionally informative, you’ll be provided with a list of ingredients to bring along and we will make our goodies together… then you can take them home.

Its an intensive one this one, and one you need to commit to over 4 weeks, including weekends.  The theory behind this is that you can’t get away with anything, we are always there backing you up!

At the end of the program we will take a break then if you choose to go again, we can pop you back into another program or into one of our regular group training sessions suited to your level of fitness and your favourite times. You can also choose to do some one-one training.

Contact us for further details, to register your interest or to book in. Locations are primarily northern suburbs of Perth. If you are interested and are south of the river, please still contact us to register your interest.

After 12 years working in health and fitness, watching and listening to clients needs and feelings, this program has been designed from experience and with a real focus on gaining better overall health and confidence.

Categories Health Tips

Mental Well-Being

We at Create Health and Fitness believe that key contributors to mental wellbeing are: 

  • Doing something for yourself that you enjoy, outdoors in a non-confrontational, friendly and inspiring environment, regularly, and away from your usual place of comfort 
  • Eating a balanced and nutritious diet, with realistic and manageable meals and snacks 
  • Learning and carrying out stress reducing techniques 
  • Connecting with other people on a frequent basis 
  • Fitness in the outdoors for fresh air and a feeling of space 
  • Committing to your mental wellbeing, no matter how hard it is, achieving a goal no matter how small as long as it’s meaningful to you 

With nearly one in 10 Australian’s currently taking antidepressant or antianxiety medication it just shows how much we need to make changes to help keep this problem at bay.   There are people trying to fight this pain and you may never know they just need someone to reach out and be willing to share their needs.   We want to do anything at all that might help this horrible darkness felt by people suffering in silence or just suffering from any type of mental illness and struggling with treatment.  Not that we claim to be experts but we do believe that we can help in some way by building fun, useful, friendly, committed, educating and inspiring programs and training sessions.  These programs or fitness sessions for an hour every other day, with consistent effort, might just help a little bit more long term to reduce the feelings of despair felt when mental wellbeing is off balance. 

Contact us now for a free consultation or just to talk about what you need from a health and fitness program. 

 

Categories Exercise tips, Health Tips, Personal Training

Gym Workout

If you can only see your personal trainer once or twice per week, why not supplement your personal training workouts at one of the 24 hour gyms Jetts Fitness or the like. More and more people are working till late and can’t fit in their usual fitness in during usual gym hours. Of course I would alway recommend having a personal trainer as well just to keep you on track and build on your specific goals. Personal trainers also keep you motivated and compliant with your gym routine.

If you are thinking of joining a gym outside of usual hours then you might not have a personal trainer available at your 24 hour gym, so here’s a basic programme to get you on your way if you don’t have one.

Start off with:

1. 10 minute workout on a cross trainer, treadmill or bike with little resistance;

2. Break up your cardio with strength training using the free weight or machines, for bicep curls, tricep extensions, flies.  Try to keep your reps low initially to 5-10 but the weight you are using should be very hard at rep 10. Heavier for bicep curls, bit lower for tricep extensions and flies so you might want to start off at 2-3kgs or lower. Stick to 2 sets of each and alternate between the three.

3. Cardio between your strength sets, get back on your cross trainer and pick up the pace, go on for 15-20 mins and use one of the programmes, set it for 15-20 mins, rolling hills, intervals or the like.  You can do this on the bike, treadmill or x-trainer.

4. Legs and Bums – leg press, smiths machine for weighted squats, or fitball squats with some 3kg weights are always good as well as lunges.  Keep your reps to 10-12 initially, but try to get to 3 sets.

5. Warm down with another cardio machine at a lower resistance for 5-8 mins.

6. Work on your abdominals, use a fitball for usual crunches, oblique crunches, etc, there are lots of abdominal exercises you can do not laying on your back but you’ll need to ask one of the personal trainers at the gym or contact me for more information on that!

7. Stretching programme is a must, basic stretches include, hamstring stretch, quad stretch, glute stretch, hip flexor stretch, lower back stretches, upper body stretches and neck stretches.  See my earlier posts for a stretching programme or contact me for more information on this.

Remember that all exercises are not for everyone and you may have specific strengths and weaknesses so take care when doing all exercise to get your technique right.

Gym’s usually do provide an assessment but the 24 hour gyms may not always have a personal trainer on hand. It is worth consulting with a personal trainer to get a programme that’s right for you.

Angie Hazell is an experienced personal trainer specialising in women’s fitness and family fitness, please contact for more information on specific exercises or look through the blogs for more exercise posts.  Create Health & Fitness personal trainers perth services the Perth metro area and surrounding suburbs including, Mt Lawley, Mt Hawthorn, North Perth, Subiaco, North Beach, City Beach, Floreat.

Categories Exercise tips, Health Tips, Personal Training, Weightloss

Workout at Home!

Try this workout over easter when your personal trainer is taking a break or when you can’t get to the gym! This home workout should take you between 30-45 mins and should get your heart pumping.

1. Warm up – Workout_Warmup

2. Cardio section –  Workout_Cardio

3. Strength section – Workout_Strength

4. Cool down by doing step ups x 50 but slowly, not running.

5. Stretches – Workout_Stretch

Exercise should be part of your daily routine, so make it achievable.  If you can’t workout for an hour that’s ok, try breaking up your fitness routine with an after work jog, walk with the family, try an aerobics or Zumba class, swimming or enlist a personal trainer to help you.  Even a personal trainer once per week to keep you on track is better than none at all.

Angie Hazell is an experienced Perth personal trainer specialising in Women’s Fitness, Outdoor Personal Training and Family Fitness, servicing the perth metro area and surrounding suburbs including Mt Lawley, Mt Hawthorn, North Perth, Joondann, North Beach, City Beach, Subiaco, WA. Contact Us now for your FREE TRY OUT SESSION!

Categories Exercise tips, Health Tips, Personal Training

Are You Pregnant? Here are 8 Reasons Why You Need to Exercise!

Lets take a look at why pregnant women need to exercise.

What are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy?

Cardiovascular Fitness

Maintaining a level of fitness throughout the pregnancy so as to better cope with the needs of a new baby and to assist with the labour which is a physically demanding experience.  A fit and strong mum to be can endure the labour more easily.

Improvement of Muscular Tone and Strength

As we all know hormone changes affect women at all stages of life but also during pregnancy.  Particularly hormones affect muscular strength and tone which means saggy bums and legs ladies! Those squats, lunges and specific exercises can help to maintain tone in those trouble areas.  Strengthening these areas also assist to protect joints due to excessive elasticity in the muscles, ligaments and tendons during pregnancy hormonal fluctuations which can lead to injury.

Stress Reduction, Improvement of Well-being and Self Esteem

Fitness is a good way to take a break from the stresses of life.  During exercise you will be focussed on the exercises you are doing, having a little chat to your trainer who loves to listen, and your happy hormones are released! Feeling better about yourself is important as your body is changing is so important and strengthening up those areas that are becoming a little more ‘floppy’ and keeping your weight under control is all part of your workout.

Weight and Nausea Control

Some women report that a work out reduces their nausea symptoms, even as hard as it may be to exercise, they believe that exercise makes them feel better.  By being more active will help to keep your weight gain to a minimum and all ‘baby’.  Regular work outs will also give you some time to chat to your trainer about healthy choices, to help you resist any cravings for unhealthy foods that are not good for your baby, your skin or your weight control.

Reducing Back Pain and Improving Posture

Specific exercises and stretches will assist with maintaining good posture throughout your pregnancy and reducing back pain. Stretching regularly will help to reduce back pain so the addition of pregnancy yoga or pilates can also be very beneficial.

Promotion of Good Sleeping Patterns and Reducing Fatigue

Participating in regular fitness is very good in general lifestyles for promoting a better sleep pattern and reducing fatigue. However, in pregnancy this is especially true when there are many more factors leading to your fatigue such as carrying extra baby weight, hormones, worry, etc.

Prevention/Reduction of Fluid Retention and other Nasties

Regular exercise will also improve your circulation, will assist in preventing and reducing fluid retention, varicose veins and the dreaded haemorrhoids and constipation.  All very good and essential reasons to exercise during your pregnancy.

Returning to Exercise Postnatally

When your bundle is home and you are settled, a quick return to exercise is easier if you exercised during your pregnancy.  After the birth, a regular exercise programme will help to heal a traumatised uterine, abdominal and pelvic muscles and your muscle tone will return more speedily.  Those muscles, ligaments and tendons that have been weakened by hormones need to return to normal to prevent any injury to joints.

But one of the most important parts of postnatal exercise is the management of coping mechanisms of having a new life, exercising regularly is a large part of keeping post partum blues at bay.  Remember you can always bring your baby to your workout and trainers will adjust the workout to how you are feeling on the day so you can still exercise.  We understand the needs of new mums and will accommodate those.

There are always general and specific risks associated with pregnancy and you do need to consult with your doctor and a qualified personal trainer with specific knowledge in training for pregnancy prior to commencing an exercise programme.

Angie Hazell is an experienced personal trainer and looks after mum to be, new mums and women’s fitness in Perth, North Perth, Mt Lawley, Mt Hawthorn, Joondanna, Subiaco and surrounding suburbs. We offer a new mum programme and a free ‘try out’ session. Contact Us for more details.