There’s a saying doing the rounds that’s bandied about by well-meaning women in active wear to their bedraggled friends who are clearly using all their energy just to get the kids to school on time.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup,” they’ll tell you as they skip off to the gym, swooshy ponytail bouncing with every step of their super-cushioned pale pink trainers.
You mutter that one day you’ll have the time to prioritise your own needs and point out that it’s the kids that come first. But they’re not listening. They’re already in the zone for a morning workout and are happily on their way.
And that, my friends, is where we are going wrong.
We’re ignoring our needs because we’re too busy focusing on the health and wellbeing of everyone around us. We buy our children organic fruit and veg yet devour half a triple choc muffin at 11.30am because we’ve forgotten to eat brekkie ourselves (then lament that our jeans don’t fit like they used to). Sound familiar?
How about this one – you take your kids to swimming lessons EVERY. COLD. RAINY. WINDY. WEEK. Without fail. Yet you know that a few laps in the pool would possibly do wonders for your fitness and maybe even be the ideal exercise for your aching joints, but you don’t have time for such a ‘crazy’ action plan, oh no. The creaking in your knees will surely stop once you stop bending down to pick up the baby, right?
You make sure your offspring are signed up to ballet/footy/gymnastics/soccer/athletics but look longingly at the people enjoying a group exercise class by the beach as you drive past, mum’s taxi full of someone else’s sports gear. This is me.
Oh, and that yoga studio up the road is “amazing” according to your sister-in-law, yet you’ve never set foot inside. You put it off because, well, the beginner class is scheduled right on witching hour at home and you don’t want to subject hubby to the chaos that is your children’s bath and bedtime as soon as he’s home from work. This is also me. And maybe you, too.
Most Aussie parents prioritise their family’s health ahead of their own, according to new stats. A survey of close to 1800 people conducted by Medibank reveals that 77 per cent of us are likely to tick all the boxes when it comes to the health of our children, but sometimes it’s at the expense of our own wellbeing.