CELEBRATING OUR PSYCLE MUMS

By Saphia
PHOTO: @MARIENAPIERFIT INSTAGRAM

In honour of Mothering Sunday, we interviewed two of our amazing mums here at Psycle on what inspires them, how they fit exercise into their busy lives as mothers and (most importantly) what they do to switch off. Thanks ladies for inspiring us and all the other mama's out there, who runs the world....girls!

Sophia:

1) If you could give one piece of advice to mums or mums to be about fitting in exercise what would it be?

Make yourself the priority and put that time into your schedule. So it becomes routine. That way it becomes more manageable and if your child is at nursery/ school or with a relative or nanny, you know that is your time to exercise. It's easier to sideline or be distracted. Trust me, I know the feeling too well. Be disciplined with yourself and try as much as possible to stick to your schedule. Consistency is key with exercise.

2) What's your favourite 'mum time' thing to do to relax and switch off?

For me, exercise is my switch off from mummy mode. I release all the angst, all the to do lists that are whizzing through my mind at 1000 mph. Being able to switch my phone OFF and allowing myself to sweat and release some of the pressures of my life- there is nothing quite like it. I know I am not alone when I say this, but those endorphins allow me to keep my sanity levels in check.

3) What Inspires you to keep going?

My inspiration is to live as healthy a life as I possibly can, so that I may be a great grandma one day! Hopefully still rocking that podium! Why not?

4) How do find balance and make time for your fitness whilst being a mum?

For me, prior to becoming an instructor at Psycle, it was a challenge. I would train at regimented times of day when the kids were at school or asleep and someone could babysit, or in my lunch break ( I worked in PR which was a desk job) . There isn't a great deal of flexibility in terms of timings as a mum. I also struggled with taking more than 1 hour out of my day to train- this is challenging when training for marathons. The real struggle I had to deal with was guilt. I would feel guilty when I would train and also, when I wasn't able to. It took me a while to let go the guilt and remember that a happy mum= happy home. And for me, I have been active and athletic from an early age, so depriving myself to use my body wasn't the answer.

The real balance for me came when I joined psycle. Suddenly, my work and fitness combined. It all became much more manageable and time efficient. As an instructor, I am still able to collect my children from school and do the everyday routine. I enjoy them so much more, knowing that when I'm home from work, I can allow myself to really focus on that moment.

I'm also in a different stage of motherhood now. All of my kids are in full time school, so I do have a lot more time to focus on me during the day. It gives me the stamina and patience to then deal with that crazy time between in the late afternoon with homework/ activities/bath.

Motherhood is exhausting and one of the biggest challenges and rewards I have in my life.

There are many moments when I will always put my children's needs first. And of course, we must. However, in order to give them the best of me. Surely, I need to feel the best? I am feeling my best, when I have exercised. When I feel physically and mentally stronger. When I allow myself time to not only take exercise. But, when I am disciplined about weekly date nights with my husband. And carving out time for my girlfriends, away from the children. Ensuring the balance is as much about spending time with all of the people I love, so that my children learn about that balance in their own lives.

Marie:

1) If you could give one piece of advice to mums or mums to be about fitting in exercise what would it be?

Making an appointment or a booking for exercise was and is really important for me and then working other things around it. Tag teaming with friends or partners for classes is a great way to come to Psycle for example.

2) What's your favourite 'mum time' thing to do to relax and switch off?

Definitely having a bath in a dark room with candles and a glass of wine! No music, just silence. I might add that has happened once in 16 months!!! Something a little more achievable for me is to watch a cookery show (usually Masterchef whether thats UK, Australia or USA) with a glass of good red wine.

3) What Inspires you to keep going?

Well obviously my daughter Blossom inspires me to keep going. But specifically what inspires me to keep going with exercise is that I feel so good afterwards and its good for the soul. To sweat creates balance in my life and gives me focus to work.

4) How do find balance and make time for your fitness whilst being a mum?

I'm very fortunate to work in fitness and sweat most days if not twice! Having support from my husband and tag teaming to make sure we can both train whist the other looks after Blossom is usually how we make time.

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