No matter your stage of motherhood, fitting exercise into an already jam-packed schedule can be a challenge. Add in Spring Break, holiday travel, summer vacation, and—POOF!—oftentimes that intentional daily movement is nothing more than a pipe dream. We know that getting in daily movement is crucial to our wellness and sanity, but how do we do that when it feels like we already have a million things on our plate?
Grab your kiddo and a stroller and let's go, Mama! Using just these two precious items, you can get a great workout AND some quality time with your little one! Carin Douglass, an instructor for FIT4MOM Bryan/College Station, TX, loves exercising with her stroller and kiddo. She shares, “Working out with a stroller allows me to spend more time with my daughter, Wylder. I also get to show her the importance of healthy habits—something that I wish had been instilled in me at a young age. Most importantly, I get to show her how exercise is fun and how it can include the whole family.”
All FIT4MOM classes surpass the idea that fitness is just sets and reps. While we are incredibly proud of the workouts our instructors provide, we understand the importance of connections. Two of the most important connections we highlight are the connection between you and your baby and the connection between you and yourself (that inner monologue can be brutal, can’t it?!). Working out with your baby in the stroller is a great way for you to alternate between interacting with your baby and focusing on yourself.
“I think it’s important to show the fun of exercise to the next generation. I personally did not include fitness into my routine until after the birth of my daughter and I found it very difficult to make it a part of my daily habits. I want to show her that workouts can be fun and social and that exercise is a form of self-care—not a punishment. I would love for all negative connotations of exercise to be removed for her. I want to raise her to be strong, confident, and to have a positive body image. Exercise is for making our bodies feel good, period.” Carin shares.
If we wish to create a future of happy and healthy children, we have to show our kiddos that movement is fun and something we prioritize! Remember, our little ones are watching us set a wellness example, so be mindful of how you speak to yourself, fuel your body, and show excitement to move.