Written by Chloe Organ
Here I am... guest writing for the lovely Rebecca Raynham (ahhhh!) – writing on health and wellness, and I’ve begun the day by breaking a number 1 rule. I haven’t slept enough and I’m probably dehydrated. Why? Because I’m a new(ish) Mama and sometimes, life just gets in the way. But you know what? It’s ok.
As a full time working mum, it took me a while to find my new rhythm but I’ve got it well and truly nailed now! After work, it’s dinner time for H followed by bath, play time and a story. Once she’s tucked up in bed, around 7pm, I head to the gym. My time is much more limited than it used to be so I have to train hard and fast! My typical training week looks something like this:
Monday: 40 minute interval session on the spin bike, combined with body weight and kettle bell exercises – squats, press ups, lunges, kettle bell swings, overhead press
Tuesday: Focus moves to overall body strength and core, something that I noticed transformed my riding when I started training this area
Wednesday: During the summer months I manage to slot in a hilly hour out on the road
Thursday: Thursday’s are fitness days – high intensity interval training on the bike, keeping my heart rate as close to maximum as possible. My aim here is to increase my lactate threshold
Friday: Depending on how I’m feeling, this session will either be overall body strength and core, or a simple stretching / active recovery session
Saturday: Saturday evenings are spent in my garage at home. I find this session the hardest as I’ve spent the whole day relaxing and doing fun weekend activities with H! I keep myself motivated by listening to my favourite training music and reminding myself that ‘if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done’ (more on that later)
Sunday: While H takes an afternoon nap, I head out on the bike for another hilly hour!
My monthly must for self-care - I take an inventory of myself. Am I being courageous enough? Am I taking care of myself the way I care for others? Am I pushing my body and mind enough?
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