Stroller Strides: More than just a Workout
Motherhood is busy, making it hard to find time to bathe, eat lunch, or brush your teeth. Sometimes the possibility of working out crosses our minds, but then it quickly retreats with each cry for Momma. However, we’ve got to take care of ourselves. What if there were a workout that could help you both emotionally and physically, all while stimulating and socializing your baby? Stroller Strides is the answer.
“Honestly, I love the workouts, but I love the women more. I have always said that I came for the workouts and stayed for the friends.” comments Kelly, mother of two young girls, and instructor for Lake Norman- Stroller Strides.
What is Stroller Strides?
The hour long workout consists of dynamic cardio blast and strength training to build long, lean muscle mass. The hour is composed of various circuit training, running, and resistance bands for strength building exercises. On any given day, you will find yourself doing exercises such as burpees, jump squats, push-ups, bicep curls, and planks. Each exercise has a different level for high or low impact, which can be adjusted based on your fitness level. They vary day to day, teacher to teacher, so they are always keeping you on your toes. You will undoubtedly leave sweaty, sore, and feeling accomplished.
More than a Workout
Stroller Strides will help you reach your fitness goals, but it’s so much more than that. The best part of stroller strides is the sisterhood, the companionship, the village that is found within. All the women are there for the same reasons: to improve their health. But they are also all mothers – they’ve either been there, done that, or will be doing that soon. They know what it’s like to stay up all night and show up to a workout you aren’t feeling but pushing through anyways. They understand how hard it is when your baby has colic. Or your kindergartner won’t stop crying at drop off. They’ve been there. They show up. So do you. Stroller Strides is so much more than a workout program; it’s a family.
Benefits for Your Child:
- Observe and learn from your actions
- Bonding time
- Kills two birds with one stone – exercise and spending time with your child
- Play dates and socializing
- Fun and engaging – songs, bubbles, and tickles to help entertain your child
- Instructors help entertain if your child is fussy
“I found that I could do something for myself while bonding with my baby and setting a good example of fitness for her. It has also helped me regain my pre-baby body, and truly empowered me to be my best self. Through Stroller Strides, I met a group of amazing, strong supportive mamas that I am proud to call my friends.” – Emily, mother of a one year old girl and instructor for Lake Norman Stroller Strides
From the top down, everyone is very supportive. Whether you are just a participant, an instructor, or a franchisee, the goal is to provide you with all the tools to succeed. They want to help you find your best self.
When you sign up for Stroller Strides, you know you will be getting exercise support, but you will also receive a social support system as well. They organize meals for new moms to let them know they are thinking of her. Outings are also organized for more bonding – brunches, play dates for the kids, and even wine nights. We all know that being a healthy mom is more than just eating right and exercising.
You can feel their support when all the moms are cheering you on with each walking lunge, each push up, each sprint. Encouraging you. You know you will be there each week because these are your friends, your teammates, your tribe – they want you there – so you show up. Even after every excuse, you show up.
“I made up a million excuses. Only this time I eventually went to my first class. The hardest part was getting out of the car. It was intimidating, but I was wrong. These are my moms, my friends, my village. I can workout with my kiddo who loves to be there as much as me. Stroller Strides is the best thing I have done for us. I just regret not coming sooner…”- Amanda, mother of a 2.5 year old boy, member of Lake Norman Stroller Strides
Photo Credit: B. Mae Photo
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Ashley lives in North Carolina, with her husband, 4 year old little girl and infant son. She has dreamed of being a SAHM since she was a little girl and now enjoys living out this dream by making everyday adventures with her two tiny sidekicks. She loves yoga, fitness, dark chocolate, and wine. She’s an organizer of playdates, preschool happenings, and girls night outs. She’s an encourager of making messes, finding passions, and dreaming the impossible.