One Fit Mama
I know that many of the mums reading this will be able to relate to not having the time or energy to exercise. Some mums are lucky enough to get to the gym 5 times a week but in reality for a mum who has young children, a lack of sleep, no help with the housework and all the cooking to do, it’s hard, it’s really hard.
I recently came across a fitness DVD called “One Fit Mama”, I was intrigued when I read that it featured real mums and wanted to know more.
The DVD has been developed by Sophia Cooper who founded One Fit Mama in 2010 after she herself suffered from Post Natal Depression and as many of you know, there are many studies proving that exercise helps your mental health and I for one I truly believe that exercise does help when you are having a tough time emotionally. Sophia wanted to support mums on their journeys to healthier minds and bodies.
The DVD is suitable from 6 weeks postnatal and is split into sections with a fab warm up section that really gets your heart rate going before you start your main workout. For you main section, you can choose to do one of the following;
- 6-12 weeks
- 3-6 months
- 6 months plus
When I started this DVD, I fell into the first section and I’m now a few weeks into the second section and I really am enjoying it. It will be a few months more before I get into the final section of the DVD but I am sure that I will enjoy it just as much.
Sophia gives a warm and friendly introduction to the DVD and explains what will happen in each section thoroughly.
The great thing about all these sections are that they are only 10 minutes long, so if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you can do the other section later on in the day. The main workout section is split into 3 different levels, which you can move on with throughout your postnatal journey, as you and your baby get stronger.
There is obviously a warm down section to ensure that you don’t have any unnecessary aches and pains and there is also an optional section that you can do to concentrate on your abs/core that is based on Pilate moves. I really enjoyed that section and I wasn’t actually sure that I was going to because in my pregnancy with Asher, I suffered from Diastasis Recti (split abdominal muscles) which affected my back too, apparently around two thirds of women suffer from this condition especially when they have had more than one child. I was very surprised to see that I didn’t seem to have any discomfort when doing these exercises. I was very pleased with this as it gave me a little more confidence that enabled me try the harder moves in the DVD.
So when did I fit this DVD in with two under threes at home? Many of you know that Leo doesn’t sleep at all during the day and hasn’t done for me for about 18 months, so I knew he was going to be awake but I didn’t know what he was going to be like when doing it, keep reading, that was interesting. Asher does take naps, no longer than about 45 minutes at a time, which gives me just enough time to complete the DVD.
With Asher sleeping, I took on the DVD! With Leo happily amusing himself, I started to enjoy it. You don’t really need any special equipment, you can use an exercise mat if you need to and Sophia does use small dumbbells in some sections, but if you haven’t got these, you can use tins of beans! Leo found this highly amusing and started to copy mummy lifting the tins of beans up and down himself. It was so cute. As long as he was happy and laughing, this made me feel like I could carry on and not feel as guilty for taking some time to do something that I needed to do for myself.
I really enjoyed following Sophia during the DVD and what made it lovely was the way that she spoke and laughed with the girls doing the DVD with her; it made it feel like they were right there in the living room with you. The best thing about this DVD was that it really was real mums in the DVD, real mums of all different sizes that are at different stages of their post natal journeys.
Sophia is keen to remind you throughout the DVD to ensure that you are following the correct person if you have just had a baby, I think is very helpful to remind mums that they need to take it easy and not worry about aiming too high when they first start the DVD, there’s plenty of time to get to where you want to be, slowly and safely.
I couldn’t stop laughing at Sophia constantly reminding you about your pelvic floor, I think she secretly throws that in to make you laugh so you can be tested on how strong yours is! On a serious note though, it is a good idea to ensure that you are doing these specific exercises on a regular basis, especially when you have had a baby (or three)!
So if you want a real down to earth, feel good front room fitness DVD that makes you work hard and that you can have done all before the baby wakes up, this is the one for you.
The DVD has been released in conjunction with the success of One Fit Mama Fitness Classes where you can take your baby with you, there are lots of locations in the UK. Click here to find out if there is one near you. I am especially pleased to see that they have made it to Stockport and I am very much looking forward to starting them in March, if you are local to myself and want to take a look at our local Facebook page, you can see it here.
I have a One Fit Mama DVD to give away, courtesy os One Fit Mama Stockport. All you have to do is head back to my Facebook Page by clicking here and tell me by reading the blog what Leo used to lift up and down that made me laugh whilst I working out.
And now for the boring stuff…
The competition will run until midday on Saturday 3rd Feb and the winner will be contacted later that day.
- The winner will have 72 hours from the announcement to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen.
- The prize is a copy of the One Fit Mama DVD and is not exchangeable for cash.
- Open to UK residents aged 16 and over and excluding relatives of @millieleosmum and One Fit Mama employees and their families.
- Entries must be received on Facebook
- Winner will be notified as an announcement on the Facebook Blog Page for Same Person Different Me and a private message to their Facebook account.
By participating in this competition, entrants confirm that they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
This post has been sponsored by One Fit Mama.