Exercising with your baby can give you an emotional and physical boost. And, thanks to stroller fitness, you don't need a gym membership, special equipment or a babysitter. These fitness sessions entail cocooning your little one in a jogging stroller for a self-powered workout that combines walking, flexibility and strength training.
Look for Strollercize, Stroller Strides, Baby Boot Camp, Stroller Fit or other locally launched programs designed for new moms. All target calorie-burning activities that strengthen and tone core muscles; some will incorporate strength training, such as lunges or push-ups. Most sessions last about an hour and are done outdoors, but some move indoors if the weather becomes too cold or hot.
Even though you'll get a good workout while pushing a stroller, there's no need to worry that your baby will get bored. Most stroller fitness sessions incorporate entertaining songs and games, too. Plus, your child learns the best lesson of all: Fitness should be a part of everyday life.