It's that time of year again!
Christmas is almost here, everyone is busy getting ready for the big day; buying presents, planning meals and arranging meet ups!
Christmas is the perfect time of year to celebrate, relax and enjoy some time together with friends & family
This time of year is also the perfect opportunity to look back at what you have achieved during the past year as well as looking forward to the next with excitement!
How was your year? What are you looking forward to next year?
Is this your babies first Christmas? Are you expecting your first child next year? Do you have older children who are mega excited for all the presents and chocolate?
However you spend your Christmas, I hope you have an amazing time! Take time to relax and enjoy some precious family time - make memories that will last a lifetime!
At this time of year, I like to look back at the past year to evaluate and improve Mamafit®; 2019 has been another super busy year with lots going on!
In April we launched classes across Knowsley, with FREE physical activity & lifestyle classes in Kirkby, Huyton & Whiston Hospital, followed by outdoor classes at Court Hey Park & Henely Park in the Summer and further indoor classes in Halewood & Kirkby launching in November.
The feedback and response to our Knowsley classes has been fantastic; we look forward to developing the Knowsley programme further in 2020!
Indoor Mum & Baby classes
In November, due to popular demand, we launched indoor mum & baby fitness classes; Mamafit® ALL: Mums in both the north and south of the city; Kirkby and Halewood/Woolton respectively.
The response has been fantastic and is proving to be a popular addition to the timetable.
The classes are suitable for pregnant women and mums with babies from 6 weeks old, plus older children are welcome too! Making the class perfect for new mums and those with more than one child.
The class is also designed for mums who wish to 'babywear'!
Meaning you are able to do the class wearing a sling, perfect if your baby does not like being put down!
Despite the success of the indoor classes our outdoor classes have also continued to grow; over the summer we offered additional classes at Court Hey Park (Huyton) and Henley Park (Whiston) alongside our existing classes at Otterspool.
Outdoor classes will always be a staple of our timetable; encouraging more pregnant women, mums and children to get outside and utilise green space is something we are passionate about!
Exercising outdoors, no matter what the weather, is great for your mental health and wellbeing as well as your physical health!
Outdoor exercise offers a completely different experience to exercising indoors, if you have never exercised outdoors we recommend you add this to your 2020 'Things to do' list!
Those of you who have been attending Mamafit® for a while will know this is something we have been working on for a long time!
We are so pleased to finally get the app live!
End of an era!
Not only are hurtling towards to end of the year but also the end of a decade!
How scary is that! Not only does 2010 only seem like 5 minutes ago, but I can vividly remember the millennium! (Remember the millennium bug?)
Not sure if that makes me really old or just that I have a really good memory?! 🤔
At the start of the decade, Mamafit® didn't exist outside the confines of my mind! But here we are in 2019, with a well-established programme with hundreds of mums, mums-to-be and families attending each month!
When I delivered the pilot pregnancy course in Garston Children's Centres all those years ago, I could not have imagined where we are today!
Thank you to everyone who has attended during this time - Mamafit® would not be what it is today without you!
2011: First ever Mamafit® Pregnancy class at Garston Children's Centre.
2012: First ever Mamafit® Mother & Baby class at Kensington Children's Centre.
2014: Voted Merseyside's favourite adult class in the Netmums Awards.
2016: Launch of Mamafit® ALL at the Academy of St Nicholas and Mamafit® GO at Otterspool.
2017: Summer Special programme sees the launch of Mamafit® CIRCUITS & Mamafit® HIIT.
2018: Family Fitness launches at Childwall, aiming to further involve dads in the programme and continue to inspire children to be active with their parents.
2019: Voted Liverpool's best 'Bring-along-baby' class in the Hoop awards.
We have lots of exciting ideas to continue to grow the programme in 2020 and beyond, but we need your help!
We want to know what you've enjoyed, how we can improve and what YOU would like to see in the future
Complete the survey HERE
We would really appreciate it if you could spare 10 minutes to complete our Customer Feedback survey
This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Mamafit® both for you and other local mums & families.
Thank you to each and every person who has attended and supported Mamafit® over the last decade. Whether you have attended 1 class or 100 classes - thank you.
I appreciate every single person who makes the effort to attend classes or support Mamafit, helping us to grow and develop year on year; every social media like, share and comment, every friend you tell about Mamafit® and every time you book a class makes such a big difference!
Thank you for choosing Mamafit and helping us to improve the health and wellbeing of local families.
Have a great Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year!
All the best for 2020!