7 Minute Workout

How 7 Minutes of Exercise a day can improve SAHM’s Energy, Happiness & Fitness. 

Written by Emily Smith, Founder of TUF Mum’s Mindset – http://www.tufmumsmindset.com.au

Tired? Overwhelmed? Lonely? Stressed? If you’ve ever felt this way as a stay at home mum, you are not alone.

When my hubby went back to work and left me with our newborn, I instantly felt all of the above. Tired because, well….newborn! Overwhelmed because somehow I felt like I was doing nothing, but had so much to do and no time to do it. Lonely because I was at home so much with my baby. Stressed because I didn’t think I was doing enough for my daughter’s development.

What I discovered a few months later is how EXERCISE was the answer to all of these problems. But which mum has time for a 1 hour workout? Not many……if any……

From working with mums as a Personal Trainer, and developing programs to suit their needs, I have discovered the most effective way for mums with young children to make exercise work for them.

Exercise increases adrenaline & endorphins, and therefore gives us more energy. Winning! Exercise improves your outlook on life. It gives mums a sense of achievement and a sense of self. It also burns calories – double win!!

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The lowdown on workout changes and progressions

If you want to improve your fitness and strength, and make progress towards your goals, you need to consider changing up your workout schedule regularly. Small tweaks to your plans and programs will help keep your body challenged.

When you’re a mum, you need to add an extra level into this. You’ll also need to consider what fits in with the needs of your children and family at any given time. Children’s needs and schedules change quickly as they grow, and with this you need to have the ability to adapt, change tact and choose a different plan when needed. It can be easy to simply ‘fall off the wagon’ when something unexpected pops up or your schedule changes. This is because you haven’t had a chance to foresee the changes that are coming and figure out a plan B that will work for your new situation.

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The Best Workout Ideas for Mums

workout ideas for mums

The journey into motherhood requires adjustments on many levels. One of those is likely to be in relation to your workout regime. You may not have the time or flexibility that you used to have in your schedule. However, there are still plenty of options to consider for your fitness regime as a mum. Here we explore the best workout ideas for mums. 

First of all, make sure that your lead maternity carer has cleared you to start exercise again. Remember that everybody has different pregnancy and birth experiences so it is important to gradually add physical activity back in that is appropriate for you. Please take advice from a fitness trainer who is qualified in post-natal exercise if you are unsure about what is right for you.

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How to boost your fitness as a new mum without going to the gym


Before kids we were carefree, travelling solo and life was great & relatively easy. We had time for coffee with friends, dinner dates with our partners and even a gym routine. We think this will continue once we have kids because they’ll just fit in around us right? Or at least, that’s how the saying goes anyway.

Even the most organised of mums find it hard to get to the gym at some point. It is something that has to be planned, but you can’t really plan it because, well, kids.  You have to be super dedicated to getting there frequently.  If you don’t enjoy the hustle of just getting yourself to the gym, you can really struggle, thus potentially putting a dampener on your mood.  Continue Reading →