Mama, get your move on with Stroller Strides

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I don't know why I've never taken a  Stroller Strides class before. I am their target audience. I have three kids. I own at least 10 different strollers (albeit in various states of disrepair). I exercise from time to time. Seems like a perfect fit, right?

Well, until a few weeks ago, I had never signed up for  a Stroller Strides class. It turns out that I was really missing out a great opportunity. Stroller Strides is an hour-long exercise class that moms and do with their kids. It is a great way to get your exercise in when you have little people at home. And it is a fantastic way to meet other moms.

Before my experience, I had a few misconceptions about exactly what this class would be like. I thought I would share in case any of you out there might be thinking the same things.

(1) I thought Stroller Strides would be easy. So wrong. So, so wrong.
This was NOT an easy, walk-in-the-park workout. My sister and I took a
class together and by the end, we were both sweaty and exhausted. That
night, we both confessed to being extremely sore. The class consists of
lots and lots of running (which can get tough when you are pushing a
stroller), wall sits, and lots of other strength training and cardio
drills. The class was fun -- but it was definitely a "real" workout. The
teacher encourages everyone to move at their own pace and women of all
different fitness levels participated.

(2) I thought Stroller Strides was just for moms with little babies. Wrong again.
My "baby" is two. He is potty trained, fully conversational, and
wearing a size 4T. I was worried that he would be the oldest kid at the
class. I was also worried that he wouldn't stay in his stroller for more
than 10 minutes. I was wrong about all of those things. Many of the
kids at the class were age 2 or 3. Lots of moms had a double buggy with a
toddler and a little babe. I came prepared with lots of snacks and
amusements to keep Colin happy and he did a great job. He happily stayed
in the stroller for the hour-long class (and frankly, he seemed pretty
fascinated by all that was going on).

(3) Finally, I thought that my schedule was too busy to sign up for a regular class like this.
Well, it turns out that Stroller Strides works on a super flexible
schedule. You purchase a 10-pack of classes and then you can attend
whatever class works best for you during the week. They offer classes at different times to accommodate busy schedules. And now that the weather is getting warmer, the classes are moving back outsides -- which I think would be even more fun. 

If
this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can try out a
TRIAL CLASS FOR FREE! Isn't that awesome? To sign up, go to www.strollerstrides.net/chicago and click on the class that they would like to sign up for. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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