When you have just had a baby, exercise can easily become bottom of your to-do list – after a morning of nappies, feeds and washing it can be all too tempting to collapse on the sofa with the TV remote. But getting out and doing some exercise in the fresh air can actually make you feel much better.
A new American group, Stroller Strides, aims to do just that. Gentle exercise for new parents which allows them to bring their babies along – no more childcare worries. Billed as ‘Fitness for mums, fun for babies’, the new class provides not only gentle, tailored exercise programs, but also an important social network.
Suitable for parents with babies aged 6 weeks – 3 years, the mums turn up with the little ones in their pushchairs for a total workout including power walking, toning, stretching and strengthening exercises with fitness bands. It’s no walk in the park, but is especially designed as a post-natal regime to help mums feel active, powerful and independent. The choice of how fast to go is up to you – very new mums can take it a bit slower, while the experienced exercisers can push themselves a bit harder, maybe choosing to run instead of walk.
Children are included in the fun – the classes are run to music, and mums are encouraged to sing to their children, or dance to the music with them. The trainer running these classes says that the little ones love it. They can stay in their pushchairs, or get out and join in with clapping, counting or dancing too. It’s designed to be a fun, social group with the additional bonus of getting you fit at the same time!
It seems like a great idea to me – getting us outside the house, meeting other parents and getting a bit of exercise to boot. I would love to know if there are classes like this in the UK – let us know if you attend one, and what you think of it?