What Does Being a Fit Mum Mean? We Ask These Mums in Singapore

FITNESS  |  May 13, 2020
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    1 / 18 Fit mums, defined

    In the crazy, unpredictable world of motherhood, what does it really mean to be a fit mum? Of course, we’re not just talking about physical fitness here. We ask these mums in Singapore to share their thoughts, plus what they’re doing to be the fit mums they envision.

    A version of this article first appeared on www.youngparents.com.sg.

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  • Cheryl Wee
    2 / 18 Cheryl Wee

    “Being a fit mum has to start with mental and emotional. To me, there’s no point looking all sassy and on top of your game when deep inside you’re stressed, frustrated, unhappy and down. We have to be emotionally and mentally strong for our kids. Thereafter, we look into taking care of ourselves. Mums often put their families and everyone above them, but don’t forget that we have to feel good and look good too. Have self-love, so you are ever ready to take care of your family.”

    Cheryl @weecheryl, 33, is mum to Marc, two years old, and Emma, eight months old.

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  • Kelly Latimer
    3 / 18 Kelly Latimer

    “A fit mum is one who’s healthy in body and mind. I have, over the years, gotten better at taking time to do things that remind me of who I am and who I was before I became a mother. It’s important to not lose that sense of self because when the kids grow up and leave the nest, we need to be able to identify ourselves in a capacity of being more than just mummy.”

    Kelly @kellylatimer, 33, is mum to three-year-old Sienna. 

    (Also read: Kelly Latimer’s Tabata Workout Will Get You Sweaty in Minutes)

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  • Jennifer Lee
    4 / 18 Jennifer Lee

    “Being a fit mum means being confident and being able to be a role model for my kids. It took me a long time for me to realise that you need to have self-love to be a good mother. I’m a full-time working mother of three and it is important that my kids see that I have a career and that I can provide for the family – and at the same time, be healthy. So I try as much as I can to lead by example.

    “Self-love for me means focusing on myself and taking care of myself. For me, it has always been in fitness and nutrition. So as much as I can, I always try to put away time in the morning to go for my workouts, whether it be a trail run, lifting, yoga etc. I try to participate in multiple races a year – obstacles racing, half marathons etc – and I make sure my kids are part of it, whether in the training or at the finish line with the rest of my team. And in time, hopefully, they will develop a healthy habit of being active and what it means to put in effort to achieve something.”

    Jennifer @jlipose, 40, is mum to Cooper, nine, Logan, seven, and Elysa, five.

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  • Melissa Celestine Koh
    5 / 18 Melissa Celestine Koh

    “Being a fit mum means giving your 100 per cent. I try to push myself to go further every day and that makes me happy.”

    Melissa @melissackoh, 30, is mum to 11-month-old Noah.

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  • Natasha Goh
    6 / 18 Natasha Goh

    “To me, being a fit mum doesn’t necessarily mean setting aside consistent time slots for proper workouts, but figuring out how to blend strength or cardio training into other daily tasks or bonding time with the kids. You might be quite as effective as getting yourself to the gym or clocking a full workout, but there’s the added benefit of encouraging kids to enjoy physical activities together too.”

    Natasha @gonatgoh is 39, and mum to two boys aged nine and six, and a two-year-old girl.

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  • Tjin Lee
    7 / 18 Tjin Lee

    “Being a fit mum, for me, means staying young at heart. I’m open to trying new things and to play along with the kids. Mental fitness means being open-minded and embracing joy.”

    Tjin @tjinlee, 46, is mum to Tyler, seven and Jake, four.

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  • Dawn Sim
    8 / 18 Dawn Sim

    “A fit mum to me means a mother who is able to handle the physical and mental challenges that come her way during her motherhood journey, and inspires her children to be strong, independent and caring individuals. She is resilient and resourceful, and inspires others to be the best versions of themselves too.”

    Dawn @thatmomoffour, 41, is mum to four girls aged 14, 12, eight and four.

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  • Debbie Soon
    9 / 18 Debbie Soon

    “Being a fit mum means taking care of myself well to ensure that I can also care for little Starley to the best of my ability. And in terms of physical fitness, carrying and chasing my little one around is probably good enough to count as a workout?”

    Debbie @debbwie, 23, is mum to eight-month-old Starley.

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  • Fiona Cai
    10 / 18 Fiona Cai

    “Being a fit mum basically means being mentally (or emotionally) and physically fit. We are our children’s pillar of support. Being physically fit will mean we can be there 24/7 for them without a day of downtime. Also, being physically fit will translate to being mentally (and emotionally) fit.

    “What does this mean? To me, my life after work is the most important, for that is time for my family, my kids. So the only time left on weekdays is lunchtime and it is reserved for my passion, which is yoga practice. I try to practise yoga daily whenever possible. To me, this precious daily one-hour session is not only a time for me to stretch and sweat it out but more purposefully, it is my me-time, the time when I get to unwind and de-stress. It is a precious outlet for me to let go and let it be. This is what I mean by being mentally fit. This way, I feel less tense or edgy when I get home to face my hubby or kids.”

    Fiona @fionacai, 36, is mum to two girls, aged three years and seven months.

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  • Ripple Sim
    11 / 18 Ripple Sim

    “A fit mum needs to keep up with the kid’s development in all aspects! Apart from learning, health and mental wellness, I try to listen to the stories that Miley wants to share, be it a good read or anything she finds funny and important enough to make her want to tell me. I think children love it when adults listen to them.”

    Ripple @ripplesim, 36, is mum to nine-year-old Miley.

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  • Limaran Agustina
    12 / 18 Limaran Agustina

    “Being a fit mum means setting the example for and being a role model advocating health and fitness to my boys.”

    Limaran @limaranagustina, 33, is mum to two boys aged two years and seven months old.

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  • Pearlly Luo
    13 / 18 Pearlly Luo

    “I think being a fit mum is all about prioritising and ensuring that time is well spent. I plan my days out because I find it works well for me and helps to reduce my anxiety. Also, I don’t watch television, because I just feel like there’s so much else I would rather do!”

    Pearlly @PearllyLuo, 31, is mum to a four-year-old boy.

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  • Kareen Lai
    14 / 18 Kareen Lai

    “It’s gotta be both physically and emotionally fit! When I was pregnant for the second time, I was more adamant about having my me-time, which translates to heading out to nature for a run and a trip to the supermarket.”

    Kareen @kareenlai, 37, is mum to 10-year-old twins and a six-month-old boy. 

    (Also read: Kareen Lai is On a Mission to Help Postnatal Mums Bounce Back)

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  • Natalie Dau
    15 / 18 Natalie Dau

    “First and foremost, being a fit mum allows me to be a better mum. It is my time to use not only to physically train, but also mentally de-stress. It also teaches my daughter that it is important for all of us to take time out of our day to be healthy and to do something for ourselves. This isn’t being selfish, rather it is helping us to grow and discover ourselves. Now that she is starting to get older, we exercise together as a family to share that experience too.

    “For me, staying fit means I train at least once a day, but it is almost always when my daughter is at school. This includes an early 5am start to get some work done, then getting her up and ready for school. I will then go and do a training session. It’s about prioritising what you want and need, and working out a way to balance that.”

    Natalie @rockstararms, 48, is mum to 11-year-old Lilliana France.

    (Also read: Natalie Dau’s Active Lifestyle Inspired Her Daughter to Love Sports and Work Out Every Day)

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  • Yvonne Elizabeth Chee
    16 / 18 Yvonne Elizabeth Chee

    “To me, being a fit mum means being a good role model for my daughters in terms of leading a healthy lifestyle – eating well, exercising and taking good care of our bodies.

    “I do so through my daily routine – the girls see what I do, especially when I come back all perspiring from my morning runs.”

    Yvonne @lovelivelaughrun, 40, is mum to Lea, five, and Eva, two.

    (Also read: Yvonne Chee Clocked a PB For Her Marathon Despite Being 6 Weeks Pregnant)

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  • Dipna Lim-Prasad
    17 / 18 Dipna Lim-Prasad

    “Being a fit mum means being able to cook or do chores while carrying your baby on your hip! Hahaha. I am so lopsided because of this.”

    Dipna @dipnalim, 28, is mum to a 10-month-old boy.

    (Also read: Dipna Lim-Prasad Wants Every Kid to Be Able to Own Sports Shoes)

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  • Jasmine Goh
    18 / 18 Jasmine Goh

    “When I started working out, my intention was to lose weight and gain fitness so that I could keep up with my kids. Now, I want to be a role model for my girls. A fit mum not only embodies physical fitness, but has true health in all aspects – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This is because ‘as within, so without’.

    “I lead an active lifestyle, adopt good eating habits and I take time out daily to meditate and to recharge the soul. It may be a tough balancing act for most mothers, but it is not an impossible one. I will constantly remind myself to take baby steps towards becoming that healthier version of myself.”

    Jasmine @go_jasminegoh, 40, is mum to Cherish, 13, and Faith, 11.

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