I decided to get more active because I believe that to be able to look after my children better, I needed to look after myself first.
When my children were younger, I was pushing the stroller everywhere, or carrying the groceries down the stairs, etc. I was being active with my children and moving a lot but it was out of necessity, not choice, so it wasn’t particularly fun for me. Because I was a stay at home mum, I also felt like I shouldn’t be spending money on gym membership.
But when I’m active I feel proud of myself, and this makes me happy. I also feel like I’m being a positive role model to my children when we are active together.
It’s always hard to take the first step. I can always think of something more important to do instead. I’ve realised that I just have to force myself to get out of the door, and then it’s ok. Whatever I thought was more important can wait and I always feel good about myself afterwards.
Image: Nina, trampolining with her daughter at Freedog, Bedminster.