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Filling in the wellbeing blanks with Jen founder of Body Beyond Baby & Tough Mums

We are all busy and are trying hard to fulfill big dreams and goals, manage our long to do lists and have a social life! The art of doing this without sacrificing our most important assets, our bodies and our health, is the challenge we are all faced with day to day. All of us, no matter who we are, have to keep working at it and can learn from each other – so each Wednesday we will chat to a passionate bright spark to hear about what they are up to and fill in their wellbeing blanks!

Today we are filling in the blanks with Jen Dugard, founder of mums fitness brands Body Beyond Baby and Tough MumsBody Beyond Baby is a mums specific exercise group that has on site childcare to look after bubs while mum is exercising. Tough Mums is the progression where mums are realising they can be stronger and fitter than they have ever been before and many of them are running around the country entering obstacle races! Jen is also a keen obstacle racer herself!

Let’s hear what Jen has to say:

MKP_9900To Jen to be well means: Putting yourself at the top of the list. Making sure you take time out of each and everyday to move and look after yourself both physically and mentally.

I don’t have a job! When you do what you love and get to work with awesome people nothing feels much like work – more finding as many hours in the day to do more of what makes me tick! I also have two fantastic children who are driving forces behind what I do.

Taking time out of my day to exercise, eat well and meditate are usually easy for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing.

Cooking my own food is usually hard for me when it comes to managing my wellbeing – I can tell you EVERY healthy place to eat from food courts to restaurants, cafes to takeaway joints! There is no excuse! 

I don’t often get thrown off my wellbeing.

But if I do I know it is my body and my mind telling me to rest, take account of where I am, regenerate and re-focus – this brings my wellbeing back on track.

I usually sleep 4-6 hours per night. I’d love to sleep 7-8 hours per night.

ropeSomething I’ve found that really helps when it comes to my health, fitness and wellbeing is always continuing to learn from and to train with others. I work regularly with my own coach who guides me and helps me to focus or pull back where necessary. I also love working out with other people – you always push harder in a team!

Something I’ve learnt over the years when it comes to health, fitness and wellbeing is to be open minded. There are things to learn from everyone around you. In fitness there are many people who think their way is the only way. The best thing you can do is learn from many sources, take the bits that align with you and then form your own habits and beliefs that you truly believe in – and KEEP learning!

The advice I would give to someone half my age when it comes to looking after their body is love your body when you are young! I have gained so much more respect for my body, how it looks and what it can do since having children. I wish I had given myself a break as I was growing up. Young women these days even more so need to find a love for themselves and their ability rather than focusing just on looks – ideally they block out the noise and focus on what feels right for them, removing pressure and expectation to look or be a certain way. There is no one right way.

The problem with being too obsessive and trying to be a perfectionist when it comes to your health and wellbeing is that is catches up with you in the end – it is mentally & physically damaging and draining. We are all individuals and there is no such thing as perfect – I should remind myself of that some days 😉 Put your energy into positive things.

If my body stopped working my ability to do my work would be – wow – what a confronting question! I would like to think that I have enough in place now for my ‘work’ to go on with or without me, that my message can still be spread but from a personal perspective I imagine it would be an extremely challenging thing to face. My body helps my mind feel good and my mind helps my body feel good – they go hand in hand.

If my body could talk right now the loudest thing that it would say / ask for is sleep! I got to bed too late last night but I will hit my pillow earlier tonight and enjoy my rest!

You can check out more about Jen on her website and blog at, at Instagram, at Twitter, at her Body Beyond Baby Facebook Page, at her Tough Mums Facebook Page or check out her book: How to Love your body as much as your baby.

Or even better – attend one of Jen’s workshops in Melbourne in May (she is Sydney based so get in quick while she is in Melb)! Details are below:

  • Safe Return to Exercise‘ workshop on 24th May. It’s designed for mums, mums-to-be, PT’s working with mums and anyone else interested in safely training mums.

For more info and to book, check out:

  • Obstacle Skills‘ workshop on the 25th May. This is perfect for anyone doing an obstacle race as the workshop teachs you great technique and you get to practice the obstacles before race day!

For more info and to book, check out:

Enjoyed reading?  Feel free to forward on to a friend who you think would enjoy this too or could benefit from the great work that Jen is up to. xx


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