Stroller Workout: Exercise with Your Baby

Baby in a Stroller:  Small steps lead to BIG changes
 
Unfortunately, studies show that fitness and motherhood do not go hand-in-hand—finding time to exercise is the challenge most new parents face. Studies also show that exercising with a baby stroller is an effective way to get exercise and lose the baby fat.
 
Burn More Calories!
Pushing a stroller burns more 18-20 percent more calories than walking alone. On average, you’ll burn about 100 calories for every mile, and you’ll help reduce carbon dioxide in the environment.
 
Exercising with a Stroller
Baby strollers have come a long way from the day of the covered buggy. Today’s strollers are built for both walking and jogging and rugged enough to take on the trail. Whether running errands or working out, keeping your baby at arm’s-length while you exercise is a stress free way to save time and energy. And your baby will benefit from the fresh air, the natural light, and a happy, healthy parent.
 
Choosing the right Stroller
Here are a few tips to keep you and your baby safe.
•    Select a stroller with a sturdy lightweight frame with three non-swivel wheels.
•    Choose a model with 16-20 inch diameter inflatable tires.
•    An adjustable-height handlebar with handbrake will help set your posture and your pace for walking or jogging on flat and hills.
•    A rear wheel foot brake is essential for starts and stops when you exercise.
•    Reclining seat with padded shoulder harness
Other features to consider:
•    Sun canopy and Runaway leash
 
Stroller Workout
Warm up Routine 5 – 10 minutes
Strength and Toning Exercises
Perform two sets of 15-20 repetitions of each exercise:
Wide-legged Squats 
Standing Reverse Lunge – alternating legs.
Walking Hill Lunges - Perform while pushing the stroller
Single Leg Dips – repeat on other leg
Triceps Dip – Facing baby. Set the brake.
“Tree Stand” Lower Body – Instead of using a tree, set the brake and use the handle bar.
“Tree Stand” Upper Body – Use a tree, fence or wall so you can face your baby (set the parking break).
Cardio
Walk or jog for 10-30 minutes
Cool Down/Stretch  5-10 minutes
 
Small steps really do lead to BIG changes…so take your baby outside for a walk, run, jog, your body, your baby, and the environment will thank you!

 

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