Orla Hopkins

Getting that work, life, family and fitness balance is an every day juggling act that works some days and others not so much. We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves, not only in our careers, as mums but as women in general.

Fitness Expert, Orla Hopkins, shares her top tips for trying to keep that balance…

1. Stop Comparing Yourself To Other Mums

My number one 1 tip is to STOP comparing yourself to other Mums and also STOP being hard on yourself. Remember we are all in this together, some just may not show how tough they are having it or simply may have more help than you realise, but trust me we all struggle. I have two boys to get up and out that door every day and I can sometimes struggle with that

2. When It Comes To Nutrition Preparation Is Key

I follow the rule ‘Fail to prepare or Prepare to fail’ I know it sounds a little drastic but in our house we have an early start each day so each evening we lay out our and the boys clothes for the next day along with having their morning smoothies and lunches prepared. It may not sound like much but its saves me approx. 15mins every morning. My husband normally prepares the boys dinners on Sunday & Wednesday evenings for the following couple of days which means less time in the kitchen yet home cooked healthy meals in the fridge. For myself I opted for a meal prep company to deliver my meals to work to keep me fuelled while also saving me time, plus it’s a task I can outsource, so why not? It is so easy to forget about yourself…which brings me to my next tip.

Cleanmarine For Women

3. Make Yourself A Priority.

Ensure you are getting enough rest, that you are fuelling your body by choosing nutritious food and not just grabbing snacks on the go. That you are taking the correct supplements. Times have changed and got so much busier since my boys have come along and I need additional nutritional support to get me through the month. I take Cleanmarine For Women to support my energy levels as it contains vitamin B1 which contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism. I no longer can make it to the gym 6 days a week so I prioritise 2-3 times a week for MY time. This time is not only for the benefit of fitness but also for my own headspace & mental well-being. Studies have shown that when we exercise we produce increased levels of endorphins and serotonin (happy hormones) which can help increase our mood as well as our energy levels.

4. Combine Fitness With Home Workouts Or Family Time

If you are finding it difficult to get to the gym or that yoga class, Try combining workouts with your children in mind. For example get the children out cycling while you power walk or run. If they are still in prams or buggies even better get out walking. Add a mini workout before or after. So many exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home. Keep it simple.

Orla Hopkins Home Work Outs

5. Finally Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

On my first son I was terrified of being judged if I needed help, I was so reluctant to ask for help. I have learned over the years and one of the most important lessons is to accept help and realise that we all need it. Juggling everyday life is tough enough, add children, work, health, fitness into the mix and it is even tougher… so to get that balance we need to realise that sometimes we need help and not to feel that we are failures by doing so.

Staying well mentally and physically is one of the best things we can do to support our families and friends and accepting help will allow us to do that. Keeping that balance is so important to me, I live an extremely busy life and shortly after my second son was born I was feeling very overwhelmed by it all. I knew I had to do something and I knew It had to start with me… once I started to make myself a priority and created a plan with consistency & some structure everything else fell into place.