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Get Your Fitness Mojo Back by Natalie Trice of #jbil #activemums #howIdidit

30 October 2014 No Comment

cycling friends We all know that being a mum is rewarding but it can also be totally exhausting and when you get a quiet moment the last thing that springs to mind is donning Lycra shorts and going running in the cold. Right?

Thanks to two pregnancies and two sons, a freelance writing career, growing blog and several house renovations as well as a husband, cat and dog, exercise has taken a back burner in my life over past eight years.

Whilst I love catching up with friends over coffee and cake, with the boys now both at full time school, I have rediscovered my passion for cycling, something I’ve enjoyed since childhood, and find the challenge both exhilarating and liberating.

In the past three months I’ve gone from doing little more than walking 200 meters to school, to clocking up an average of 50 miles on my bike a week and feeling the blood pump through my veins as I climb hills my Mini barks at.

For me, getting back on my bike has been less about weight loss and more about getting away from the laptop, reconnecting with friends and having an interest that gives me a little headspace and time to reflect.

If you’re stuck in an exercise rut, it’s ok I won’t tell, I have some easy tips that I hope will help make the transition from couch potato to Strava diva easy:

Do it with friends

Having someone to hit the gym or go for a run with is the perfect way to keep motivated, maintain friendships and get fit.  I cycle with two friends and not only do we keep each other going up the steep Chiltern hills, we also get to see one another more often and reward ourselves with a coffee at the end of a ride so we can catch up.

Pick something you enjoy

If you hate running don’t set out to do the London marathon as you simply won’t do it. Find a sport you really love, take things slowly and you will soon look forward to working out and make it a part of your everyday life.

 Set a realistic goal

Whether it’s going for a run three times a week, cycling 20 miles on a Sunday or going to Zumba class once a week, if you achieve your goal you will feel fantastic. When I did my research the NHS suggested riding for at least 150 minutes a week to build cardiovascular fitness – what????? Whilst this sounded a lot for someone who was driving to the local shop, when I broke it down it simply meant at least one long ride, several shorter rides and using my bike when I went out and about rather than walking or driving.

Dress to impress

Lay out your kit the night before you exercise and you’re less likely to change your mind and pull on jeans and a jumper before necking a latte.  I also find if I look the part, I feel the part too. I’m not saying head to Sweaty Betty and remortgage the house buying new gym gear, but invest in a few basic pieces and a good sports bra and you will want to get out there.

Talk about it

Be proud that you are back on the exercise circuit; it takes courage and motivation so tell people what you are up to. Whether it’s a Facebook status, Strava update or request for sponsorship, if you’re working hard towards a goal, stand tall and shout about it.

Keep motivated.

Whilst being on the road on sunny days is brilliant, when the wind is ripping through your helmet and ice is on the road, staying inside with a hot chocolate is so appealing. For that extra motivation over the winter, the girls and I have signed up for several charity rides in 2015 so we keep on track and cycle whatever Mother Natures throws our way.

Natalie Trice



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