Last Monday, J had a small knee operation (an arthroscopy) and has been sat with his leg up for a week now. Being really active parents, this has put a strain on our normal family life and really put into context the importance of keeping fit, healthy and active while being a parent! Though this was a minor op and he should be completely back to normal in a few weeks time, it doesn’t take away from the fact that kids don’t stop when you do! They keep going with their boundless energy and us mummies need to keep right up with them! Boy, have I been put through my paces this week!
Over the summer we were lucky enough to take two holidays abroad, one all-inclusive and therefore hugely over-indulgent and the other actively exploring our surroundings in Northern Spain. The kids loved rock-pooling and climbing around the rocky coves and catching butterflies along island walks. They kayaked on calm sea, body boarded in the waves and even practiced handstands on the beach (go Mummy!!). We had an awesome time!
Now we are home, it’s time to get back to our usual healthy eating regime to stock up on those vitamins and minerals, we were probably lacking in our holiday diets. We are back to our usual routine of walking to school each day and I’m set to get into the gym a couple of times a week again. Weight bearing activity is so important for the growth, development and maintenance of strong bones in both children and adults (adults, not so much of the growing I’m afraid- just the maintenance!). Although cardiovascular activity, such as running, is good, lifting weight, is better (for adults only, pre-pubescent children should not be using weights). Don’t worry ladies, you won’t end up with a body like Arnie by lifting weights, just toned, healthy muscles, good posture and great bone density.
It’s important to get professional guidance when using weights but it really doesn’t take long to get going and to start seeing some results. I’m really into my weight-training program now and can lift some pretty heavy weights for a girl! Admittedly, being a gymnast and then a health & fitness professional, gave me a good head start into this type of activity but it really is for everyone.
However, what if you struggle to get to the gym all that often and life gets in the way of a brilliantly balanced diet throughout the week? Nothing can replace a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise but supplements can help to keep you energised and protect your bones and tissues. Hellenia’s “Naticol® ProActive Hydrolised Marine Collagen Powder 300g – Orange Flavour” is ideal for exactly that. It provides essential amino acids for joint protection; rebuilding tissues (ligaments, tendons and bones), along with increases in strength, muscle mass, and bone density.
So, I’m starting the new school year energised and ready to go! No time for sitting down, I’ll be chasing, playing, swimming and generally keeping up with my kids for the foreseeable future! Are you feeling ready for the school year ahead? Have you got the energy needed, to keep up with your kids?
This is a paid collaborative post for Hellenia health food supplement manufacturers. All opinions are my own.