When you’ve got kids at home, you’re trying to work, make dinner and fit in some fitness, how do you squeeze it all in? Rachael Finch tells us how life at home is going for her family and how she keeps moving.
Like many mums, it's no doubt a busy time for you with a lot of time staying safely at home. What are your ultimate hacks for squeezing in workouts with kids at home?
“Like everyone, it’s definitely a challenge! First and foremost, I’m always thinking about approaching my health from a holistic perspective ... eating healthy, getting a good night’s sleep, seeing sunshine, moving daily, watering my relationships, etc. When I prioritise my well-being I notice my motivation increases, which means I get more done and enjoy it along the way. So feeling good is the first step to actually getting my workout done!”
“As soon as I get up in the morning I put on my B.O.D activewear, so I’m more likely to follow through with my workout plans. Then day to day I’ll plan around my work and when Dom goes down for a nap. Violet is at an age now where I can give her an activity for 30 – 60mins on her own. This is my time to move!”
How have you adapted to this extra time at home? What has it taught you?
“This period has cemented my values in wellness and the absolute importance of taking care of ourselves for the long term. Each of our businesses was born out of my passion for health, but seeing how the world has changed this year, has only deepened that passion and sparked even more fire to help make people feel better.”
“It’s also prioritised connection and relationships. Even though I’ve only been able to connect with family and friends digitally, I feel I’ve deepened those relationships and felt closer than ever. This is truly what life is about.”
What do you tell yourself when you don't quite manage to nail everything on your list that day?
“I regularly don’t finish my daily to-do lists! And I’ve learnt to be okay with that. I aim big at the start of each day and notice that “stuff” happens – ie. children. Dad actually said to me when Violet was born, ‘If you can get just one thing done during the day with a baby, you’re doing a good job’. I have always remembered this and constantly remind myself to not put too much pressure on myself.”
When working out, what’s your favourite warm up and cool down?
“You could simply turn on your favourite song and dance around the house for a warm-up. I love this! For something a little more tailored to your workout, choose dynamic movements that complement the exercises you’re about to complete. For example, if you know planks or push-ups are included in your workout, start warming up with some arm circles and shoulder rolls. My best cool downs are simple static stretches, held for as long as I can, while slowing the breath down and remaining 100% present.”
Is it important for your kids to see you as active? How do you include the whole family?
“Absolutely! Monkey see, monkey do, right? I love to keep Violet and Dom as active as possible and notice a huge difference in their energy and sleep quality. If I’m working out while they’re around I’ll turn on the music for them to dance around to. We also love going to the park with Simba (our dog) to kick around a ball or do some running races.”
And you still dance at home…
“Dance is a pretty amazing way to stay active ... there are not only the physical benefits of moving your body, but if you’re learning some moves at home you’ll be boosting your brain power too. It can help improve memory, focus and concentration. Oh, and you get to listen to your favourite tracks! I have a special place in my heart for dance ... It's how I met and fell in love with my husband (Misha), and something I still do today for fun and fitness. I incorporate this, along with many other styles of movement, on my BODY program. I’m all about moving your body in ways that you love, that make you FEEL good.”
Do you do rest days?
“I take rest days whenever my body feels it needs one. I don’t stick to a schedule and strict rules when it comes to working out or ‘treating’ myself. At the start of my cycle I rest for at least 2 days and allow my body to tell me when it wants to work again. And in saying that, on days I feel energetic, I work hard! Balance is key. I eat chocolate pretty much every day, but it’s home-made with nutrient rich ingredients without added rubbish. Tune in to your body and listen to what it’s saying… it’s always right.”
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