After a solid 30 minutes sitting on her lounge, Carol Couchsitter changes out of her tracksuit pants and ugg boots and gears up for her morning ‘exercise session’. Putting on a ‘Just Do it’ sweatshirt, lyrca three-quarter leggings, ankle socks and brand-new pair of Nike cross trainers, Carol looks ready to hit the gym or at least work up a sweat. Alas, Carol has no such thoughts in mind, as this is her every day attire when taking the kids to school.
“It’s important that all the other parents see that I’m into exercise,” said Carol, re-ironing her sweatshirt so the Nike logo is able to be seen without creases. Just about to head out the door, Carol chides herself for forgetting her accessories.
“Whoops. Better grab my bottle of electrolytes and heart rate monitor.”
After walking her kids to class, Carol and 10 other similarly dressed mums all huddle together and point and whisper at the regular mum’s for not wearing Activewear. “Black slacks and a business shirt? She must be one of those ‘job’ mum’s,” scoffs Carol, as the rest of the group shake their heads.
After downing their sports drinks and doing stretches for some reason, Carol and her crew all head home after their strenuous morning routine to watch Ellen on the lounge. That is until Carol needs to change back into her Activewear at 2.30pm – this time wearing an ‘Embrace the grind’ t-shirt – and go through her gruelling afternoon ‘session’.
“Not every mum can do what we do,” boasts Carol, which is very true. Some work part-time, some work full-time, and other’s also do exercise as well.