Have you ever tried rowing? I have to be honest and say that before I had a go on a rowing machine years ago while training for the London Marathon in 2011, I thought it was super easy.
I think it’s the way we look at it, rowers gliding on the water, looking so smooth and most people have no idea how much hard work it actually is.
I will never forget how much I was in pain after the first two sessions at the gym. I was super fit, but as you exercise muscles from all over your body at once, I suddenly realised I was not as strong as I thought.
That’s why I was not surprised to hear when Anna Watkins, gold medallist, was saying the same about how much it hurt when she was going back to rowing after having her two boys. Yes, even gold medallist can be in pain!
As a mum of two girls I agree it’s hard to put anything before your kids, actually impossible as you want to be the best mum. On the other hand, I also believe it’s very important to reclaim a bit of that person you had been before.
For Anna it is rowing, for me it is running. Everyone has their favourite sport and it’s vital to return to our fitness routines after becoming a mum.
We as parents lead by an example and when your children will be growing up seeing you and your partner being active, they will consider it as something they should be doing too.
From my personal experience I know it’s not an easy task to get back into shape, but you can do it.
It’s all about hard work and dedication, but also about a lot of pleasure sport can give you. Sport can help you stay fit and healthy and agree with Anna that’s what life is all about.
Check out a lovely interview with Anna Watkins for the new Renault Kadjar campaign below.