As I wrote in my last “get moving…it’s monday!” post, I am training for an 8K in March (after that I will run a 10K in April). I have always been active…skiing from the age of 4, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, field hockey, lacrosse, rollerblading, and lots of other outdoor activities.
I was inspired to get in shape again after my 1st baby. I quit work (after going back to work for 5 months after the little guy was born) and was BORED! I decided to give Stroller Strides a try. It was the Friday before Mothers Day 2008. I loved it. I started out a bit slow, but as I got into it and felt more comfortable it became more than just exercise. It was a way to meet new mommies, make new friends (for me and the little guy), and get back into shape!
Once I was pregnant with baby girl it had become a habit…maybe on only 2-3 times a week (sometimes less), but I craved getting out to exercise. I went to Stroller Strides until I was about 30 weeks pregnant with baby girl (I wish I could have made it until baby girl was born, but I wimped out). As soon as baby girl was born I wanted to get back to it, but I had to wait until 6 weeks after my c-section…I was counting down the days. Since then, Stroller Strides is a part of our weekly life. It’s good for my kids to see me exercise, they get to play with other kids, I get to interact with other moms, and we all feel better!
I don’t know what I would have done if I had not found Stroller Strides. I believe that exercise is a huge component in our mental and physical health. On the days that I don’t go to Stroller Strides (or do some other kind of exercise) I am in a funk. Especially in the gray, rainy winters here in the Pacific Northwest, I find that exercise is a critical component of keeping the winter doldrums away. If you are a mom, find a Stroller Strides franchise near you and challenge yourself! It will be worth it, I promise!
So, get up, get moving…it’s Monday!
home is…Stroller Strides!