So, in an effort to reintroduce my body to fitness, this morning I went to pilates.
With my kids.
Little Lola, 8 months old, and loud Luxton, three years old, my turbo toddler, with a penchant for shouting. Please let that be a phase.
Malissa from BellyFire Pilates welcomed us with open arms. I was grateful to see other kids there and as it was at Lathlain Playgroup, an endless supply of toys. Better still, no open doors for escapees.
It was easier to juggle mat, baby and todder than I expected although dividing my time meant I was absent for a bit of the class. The baby decided sheíd like a breastfeed, thanks mum. Babies. They just donít care what they interrupt do they? Then the toddler needed the toilet.
Itís by no means quiet, but you wouldn't expect it to be, and you are risking your limbs lying on the floor while small people zoom past you with prams as you ď.. take a deep breath now, in and out ..Ē
The woman next to me had her son on her head for part of the class, as she stretched and pointed her legs, he straddled her neck.
Malissa is not alone in what she offers, Mums with Bubs Fitness not only allows your babes to come along, theyíre encouraged to join in.
Founder Jenine offers classes across Perth, from Whitfords to Gosnells.
All venues, except her Kings Park one, are enclosed, or as I like to call it, toddler-proof.
I went to Jenine's class at Wembley Community Centre with 8 month old Lola while the turbo toddler was at daycare.
Most of the exercises are modified so your offspring can be involved and Lola came in quite handy as a weight for squats and pelvis lifts.
Jenine encourages lots of eye contact too, so itís a bonding experience and lets face it, kids are funny, so there are lots of laughs.
Trying to tell a toddler what to do is as effective as trying to herd cats, but I saw some join in and others use mum as a climbing frame. That's still exercise though, right?
I worked up a sweat and you know what? It felt good.
We all know it's important to stay physically active, especially after a baby. Youíll get those endorphins pumping, reduce stress, improve your mental health and might even meet some mums you'd like to do other things with, apart from sweat.
Plus, you canít ignore the benefit of your toddler running off steam. Even the baby - did I mention she hates sleep? - snoozed soundly afterwards.
So if the thought of your toddler being a maniac, or your baby losing it, is currently stopping you from exercising, donít let it.
Below are a few fitness groups who are child friendly, but please get in touch if you know of others and Iíll add them to the list.