If ever there was ever a time when exercise was imperative, it’s when you’re juggling everything that motherhood entails. And no – not because of the baby weight you might (still) be carrying. An hour of physical exertion is just what you need to get rid of the stress of dealing with family demands. Of course, time doesn’t always allow for that – so here’s where you can get an endorphin fix while baby comes along for the ride.
There’s so much to love about this weekly, timed walk/run: There are venues throughout the country where you can do a parkrun, it’s free, and you get a real kick out of seeing your times improve. Plus, you’ll be one of many runners and walkers pushing a pram or trying to keep up with their toddler.
Visit parkrun.co.za for more info.
This studio, a long-time favourite with Joburg yogis, offers mom and toddler play dates for kids aged four to seven years, while the mom and baby classes (which you can start as soon as baby is six weeks old) are great, not just for bonding with your little one. They’ll also sort out your back pain and reawaken those muscles.
- R650 for Mommy and Toddler Yoga Class Series (five classes)
- R150 for drop-in Mommy and Baby yoga class
- R650 for five-class package
Visit yogawarrior.co.za for more info.
FitMom offers classes for moms at all stages of motherhood, whether you’re pregnant or want to get in shape post birth. The fitbaby sessions are ideal for moms who want to bring their baby along for an hour-long session, and focus on regaining your fitness and core strength. Best of all, babies from six weeks are able to participate – and, far from being a hindrance, your pram will actually be one of your most important props!
R1 200 per month for two classes per week
Visit fitmommy.co.za for more information.
If mother of six Sharny’s enviable abs are anything to go by, this online programme is definitely effective. She promises that you can get your body back at home, without any special fitness equipment, with just 15 minutes of exercise a day – plus, it doesn’t matter if the kids are climbing all over you at the time, because they’re an important part of the workout. Family friendly eating plans are also available.
R670 once-off fee
These programmes have been specially designed so moms can exercise without having to call a babysitter. A variety of classes are on offer, from personal trainer sessions in your own home (where your trainer brings all the equipment you need), to Stroller Fit Boot Camp, tailored to help new moms rebuild their strength while meeting other mothers and letting the little ones socialise.
- R200 joining fee
- Stroller Fit Boot Camp classes from R350 per month for one session per week or R450 for two sessions per week.
- Personal training sessions from R200 per session.
Visit activemom.co.za for more information.
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.