How she does it -
Christine from Go Mum! Group Fitness
Posted on 18 May 2016
Every week we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.
Tell us about yourself
Hi, my name is Christine and I am a personal trainer with a specific interest in pelvic floor health and postnatal recovery. My husband and I have two munchkins that keep us on our toes and we love calling beautiful Brisbane home. I keep busy with work, family and volunteering at school, daycare and for Friends of the Birth Centre.
What does active living mean to you?
Finding fun ways to move everyday. I am not one to sit still for long and I love that kids give you the opportunity to engage in active play again. Life can be too serious as a grown up!
What do you like to do to stay active?
I take 6 classes a week and also workout with my PT clients so most of my exercise happens at work but I also enjoy a run once a week and the occasional pilates or yoga class. I also love that I can join my kids for a jump on the trampoline or running races in the front yard.
Have you always been active and healthy?
Almost. I was very fit before kids but a prolapse after the birth of my son (he was 9lb 4oz) left me scared to exercise. I withered away to nothing and felt weak and like I had lost part of my identity. It has been a slow road to full recovery but I am so proud of what I have achieved to be able to enjoy life to the fullest with my kids.
What is your daily or weekly routine (if you have one)?
I definitely rely on planning to keep things running smoothly and to maintain my sanity. Each week I map out our meals and activities so I know what his happening each day and I can identify when things might get stressful or when there will be opportunities for fun activities with the kids.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
Lemon water in the morning. I don’t drink tea or coffee so this always seems to pick me up. I also start the day with a high fat, high protein breakfast which fuels me through to lunch time. It has probably made the biggest difference to my energy levels.
What is your best active living hack?
Have a range of exercise options in your activity toolbelt so that you can be flexible depending on the time available and situations that life puts you in. Also, don’t beat yourself up when things don’t go to plan. Just pick it up again as soon as you can.
What does a sample workout look like for you?
A lot of body weight circuits and I love a good tabata workout or boxing.
Favourite healthy meal?
Anything with avocado!
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
I want to be able to run faster than my kids for as long as possible. It reminds them mum is pretty awesome.
What (or who) inspires and motivates you?
All the mums out there doing the toughest job in the world, the best way they can.
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
I have always been optimistic person but I usually just try to brainwash myself with a good talking to in the mirror! I also call on my friends and family. You need a good network.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
I cut myself some slack, take a break and recharge the batteries.
What do you do to treat yourself?
Dark chocolate or a massage, or both!
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
I don’t actually use a lot of music. In class I am drawn to things like:
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
Taylor Swift - Shake it Off
And the boxing must - Eye of the Tiger (I know, I am such a dork)
What is your active truth?
Make your health a priority and your family will benefit too.
Where can we find you?
Go Mum! Group Fitness provides women’s only group fitness and in-home personal training with a specific interest in pelvic floor health and abdominal recovery after pregnancy.
If you would like to share how you live an active life we'd love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.