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BUB FRIENDLY FITNESS

Jillian Kaleb

Who needs dumbbells?

I can’t get the Michelle Bridges’ advice about exercise out of my head- trust me I would like to- but it’s good advice, simple advice: you need to make exercise a habit.

It’s time to stop thinking about it and just get out there and do it again and again and again. And that’s the key thing that gets me along to the fabulous Mums n Bubs class at the YMCA in Chifley every (ok, most) Friday mornings.  The other thing that propels me along is that it’s actually quite a lot of fun and my son enjoys it too.

It’s a simple idea – you don’t have any opportunity to exercise without the rugrats so why not exercise with them!?

I had intended to spend quite a lot of time pavement pounding with said rug rat in the running stroller but it turns out he’s really not that keen on spending time in the pram. If perchance I CAN get him to hop him he will let me know (loudly) that there are other places he’d rather be.

This is why the class at YMCA is so good – it’s in a lovely big exercise room with endless things to amuse the kids like swiss balls and low balance beams.  You need to keep an eye on your small person while exercising but this is not too hard and they are usually happy with the other little people who range in age from just a few months to four or five.

At times they get a bit restless and you’ll need to hold them while doing your lunges…and at times you’ll get a bit breathless which is, of course, the perfect time to tend to your little one and take a breather yourself.

The instructor focuses on abs a lot so there is a painful amount of sit ups, pushups, planks and Toyotas (you’ll need to come along to the class if you’re not quite sure what they are). Then there’s usually a good mix of circuit training or boxing – both which are high energy but easy enough to do while still supervising the little ones.

After an hour of going hard (there is nothing soft about this class) there’s sometimes time for some meditative stretching at the end…which might be relaxing but it’s usually the time that my toddler decides to sprawl on to my back.

You get to head out into your Friday afternoon feeling like you’ve done something for your fitness and, based on the no pain no gain theory, trust me when I say you’ll be feeling like you’ve gained a lot of fitness come Saturday morning when your muscles let you know how hard they worked.

The YMCA at Chifley hosts these classes at 10.45am every Friday morning. They’re $15 and cheaper if you join the gym.

Looking for other kid-friendly fitness ideas? Check out this previous post.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://hercanberra.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/jillian.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jillian Kaleb is originally from Maitland but has lived in Canberra since 2003. While she misses her family and friends and the beach she is now married to a Canberran and recently gave birth to one and admits that Canberra is a pretty good place to live. She’s a public servant and loves travel, reading, writing, movies, running, chocolate and coffee. When she grows up she would like to write for Neighbours.[/author_info] [/author]

Jillian Kaleb

Jillian Kaleb is originally from Maitland but has lived in Canberra since 2003. While she misses her family and friends and the beach she is now married to a Canberran and recently gave birth to one and admits that Canberra is a pretty good place to live. She’s a public servant and loves travel, reading, writing, movies, running, chocolate and coffee. When she grows up she would like to write for Neighbours. More about the Author

  • Caro

    It sounds good… although the toyotas sound challenging! Is there a limit to how many kids you can bring along with you?

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