Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Thoughts: Fitness And Parenthood In Singapore

I may be dead wrong, but from my observations, I have noticed that parenthood often seems to sound the death knell of one's fitness goals and aspirations for the majority of women and men here in Singapore.

From time and again, I've noticed in quite a number of friends, acquaintances, relatives and even clients - how parenthood often has a profound NEGATIVE impact on their fitness pursuits.

From individuals who once pursued fitness relentlessly and single-mindedly, to become people who view fitness with an air of indifference and malaise once the kids start to come ...... the transformation is often drastic and startling.

Not too sure if this is symptomatic of other cultures and countries too, but here in Singapore, personal fitness really does seem to take a backseat to the family, in one way or another.

And as a parent and father of 2 young kids (aged 6 and 9) myself, I can't help but nod in agreement sometimes whenever my clients complain to me how challenging it is to stick to a regular fitness regime with the demands of their kids and families ....

And speaking from personal experience, I can't help but agree that it IS indeed challenging sometimes to think about training and exercising when one has to juggle the needs of our children - be it their schoolwork, their daily commuting to-and-from school, their occasional sniffles and niggles, their relentless demands and their constant whining.... in fact it gives me a headache just writing about these!!!!

Frustration And Stress Are Typical Moments In A Mother's Life

And in our Singapore context, it is often the mothers who end up getting the short end of the stick - as the majority of them often still wind up being the main caregivers of their kids, as fathers are still predominantly the main bread winners (though this is fast-changing) in our largely Asian society.

With this mind, I think it is even more important for mothers to make time for themselves, to invest in their own heath, fitness and well-being, so that they are can always give their very best to their families.

Because if mums don't take care of themselves, how in the world are they ever going to take care of their loved ones???
A Young Mother Who Knows How To Take Care Of Herself

And for those of us who have elderly or senior-aged mothers/wives in our homes, general fitness and well-being have even greater implications, since even the so-called Golden Years are themselves often marred by aches, pains, ailments and disabilities.

So, regardless whether you're a young or not-so-young mummy, fitness and a healthy lifestyle should always be a MAIN priority in your life.

And over here, I would also like to take this opportunity to exhort ALL husbands, sons and daughters (myself including) to also do our part, and do all we can to encourage our mums and wives to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Give them all the necessary support and encouragement so that the Mother and/or Wife can be free to pursue her very own fitness dreams and goals - even if it means that we may have to do the dishes every evening, put in the laundry every other day or babysit the kids from time to time..

Working-Out A Sweat Does Mum A World Of Good!

And with Mother's Day just round the corner, you may just want to give mum or your wife a pleasant surprise by signing her up for some personalized training sessions, or enrolling her in a group exercise class, or perhaps even inviting her to join you in your own fitness pursuits or physical activities.

Whatever it is, use this year's Mother's Day to get your mum/wife to start investing in her own fitness and well-being..... because she is WORTH it !

And before I forget, here's wishing all the mothers in the world a WONDERFUL and BLESSED Mother's Day 2012 !

P.S. Like to give your beloved mother/wife a head start in her fitness pursuits? Check out our Special Mother's Day Fitness Promotion now!