Michelle Bridges shares how she keeps motivated and fit at home

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“We like to muck around and when I play like that it’s really good for me mentally.”

It’s hard to believe, but even someone like Michelle Bridges has struggled to stay motivated while isolated at home during the global pandemic.

The fitness goddess and founder of 12-week body transformation has been keeping busy on her rural NSW property with son Axel, while committing to live workouts for her 12WBT members and as part of part of Big W’s BIG Days at Home campaign.

While she understands the struggle, Michelle revealed on Kidspot’s The Juggling Act that staying on top of your overall health while stuck at home comes in three simple steps – nutrition, moving and talking.

“I guess the number one way I’ve managed to keep my health on track during isolation has been to be organised,” she shared.

“Have a little bit of a loose schedule but stick to it, in terms of what I’m doing [with] my food, my exercise and also what I’m doing for my mental health.”

Off for a walk. Image: Instagram

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Eating well is the first step

Following her own advice, Michelle says she has been following her 12WBT Low Carb Solution cookbook to get ahead on meal planning.

“I know that sounds like a hard sell but I honestly do use it. It’s got food stains all over it!” she laughs.

“The recipes in there are fantastic. Easy to cook, easy to put together, really tasty, Axel loves them and even cooks some of them with me.”

Michelle says staying on top of your nutrition should be the first thing you look at when trying to stay fit, particularly when we’re moving less.

“The less processed carbohydrates and meals with less carbohydrates in them, just helps. Especially if you’re not getting much exercise in or just training a little differently to how you used to.”

Being silly is the key to keeping sane. Image: Instagram

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Keep moving at home

Staying committed to her workouts is easy for Michelle with live sessions booked in weekely for her 12WBT family.

“I do my live workouts with 12WBT on a Tuesday and Friday morning at 7:30am, so they’re always locked in and then on the other days I sometimes train with a friend and then I do one at home on my own,” she shared. “If I can go for a run while Axel is at preschool, I’ll knock that out as well.

But don’t let that get to you. As a mum, Michelle knows what it’s like to have little time for yourself. In fact, she often misses a workout too!

“I’m training virtually every day but there might be a day here or there that I’ll miss. On the weekend when I have Axel I might miss a training session because I’m with him and want to spend more time with him, but often we’ll do something that is quite active,” she says.

“We’ll go for a bike ride and I’ll walk very quickly alongside him.”

Getting a quick run in while you can. Image: Instagram

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Staying on top of your mental health

Michelle says mucking around with Axel and just enjoying his company is the key to her happiness following her split with partner Steve ‘Commando’ Willis.

“We like to muck around and when I play like that it’s really good for me mentally. It uplifts me and keeps me feeling really positive,” she reveals.

“But another thing I tend to do is I make sure I reach out to my friends and family. I’m speaking to my family probably more than I have ever in my life, which is great and it’s quality conversations. Even though it’s on the phone, I’m spending more time and it’s not rushed.”

Yes, those chilled moments on the couch with the kids and long virtual chats with friends and family are definitely an iso bonus!

If you’ve got a spare five minutes, you can do a quick work out with Michelle every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am on the Big W Facebook page. Or head to Big W’s BIG Days at Home page for more inspiration to help you and the whole family stay fit.

Michelle loves hanging out with her boy Axel. Image: Instagram

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