'I've got two kids - I'm stressed and tired!' Joe Wicks opens up about juggling parenthood with fitness

The Body Coach reflects on how being a father has affected his motivation.

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Joe Wicks is used to bouncing around full of energy - but since becoming a dad for the second time, he admits he's struggling.

Joe Wicks is best known for his healthy recipe books including Lean in 15 and being a body coach offering exercise regimes to help people tone up and lose weight.

But even a fitness fanatic like Joe has proved he is just like most parents - and is struggling to juggle parenting with looking after his own wellbeing.

'If I've had a rough night's sleep, I'm not as motivated in the morning' he admitted. 'Even if I'm really stressed, I think to myself that I've got to do something, so I'm doing 15-20 minutes a day just to pick up my energy and mood and level me out a bit.'

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Joe is dad to daughter Indie, aged 18 months and son Marley, who he has with wife Rosie. And he's revealed he's had to adjust his exercise regime so it fits around parenting.

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In an interview with Health & Wellbeing magazine, he said, 'I do it when the kids nap, or at night when they go to bed. I don't want to make an excuse - I have to prove that even when I have a big business to run, I've got two kids and I'm stressed and tired, I need to show everyone that it's still possible to stay fit.'

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And with another book to add to his growing collection called Wean in 15 - aimed at making healthy meals for children, he is still keen to focus on his own health.

He warned, 'We don't need to sacrifice our own health just because we've got little kids to look after - I think it's also important to look after yourself as well. As hard as you might think it is and however tired you are, don't forget that exercise actually gives you energy.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)