Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Have stroller, will exercise

Its fabulous that there are so many ways to get out for some mama exercise with stroller and baby. Sometimes the hardest step is finding the motivation just to go out the door.

I'm one of those lazy ones who needs that extra nudge and absolutely loves it once I get moving. In Finland, Peanut & i had to go out almost daily just to get groceries or whatever else we needed. Downtown Tapiola was a 20 min stroll away so I was guaranteed at least 40+ mins of walking. Now, in Dallas, I find I have to make time for that walk.

Fortunately, we live right down the street from the Coppell jogging trail system so that's one "obstacle" out of my way.

A friend clued me into See Mommy Run and now we join her & her little boy twice a week for walk. I like this organization because it doesn't cost anything, has basically no organized activity beyond what your group sets up and just helps you to make that commitment to get somewhere because others are waiting for you. In the summer, I imagine we'll join one of the Mall Walker groups.

Now, Stroller Strides is starting fitness classes in the area as well. I didn't find a price on their website, but assume there is one.
In 50 minutes, you will get a total body workout improving your cardiovascular endurance, your strength and your flexibility. All of our classes are taught by certified instructors, who are also moms! This is not just a stroll around the park but a workout that gets you striding back into shape. Along with walking we use the outdoor environment as our gym by doing intervals of body toning using exercise tubing and the stroller.

On Wed, April 5th, they are offering free intros + giveaways and goodie bags inthe Lewisville/Coppell/Carrollton area:
  • Vista Ridge Mall: 8.30 - 9.30 am
  • Andrew Brown Park East in Coppell: 10 am - 11 am
  • Grapevine Springs Park Preserver: 6 - 8 pm

Then, there's Baby Boot Camp which runs a program at Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine. Again, no price on the website as it probably varies by franchise.
Baby Boot Camp stroller-based fitness classes are designed specifically to help moms get fit.It takes the place of a personal trainer at a time in your life when you need one more than ever. Classes combine strength-training exercises with cardiovascular drills. Pilates, yoga and abdominal exercises help improve core strength. The stroller, resistance tubes (and even your child!) are used as an integral part of the workout.

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