A couple of Saturdays ago Safety 1st invited me to a really fun event called Mamaste Saturday at a local Boston yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Boston. Although I’m a certified yoga instructor and prior studio owner, it’s been years since I’ve taught. These days I’m more of a “let’s squat while cooking dinner to burn some extra calories” kind of fitness girl. I actually pride myself on finding ways to squeeze in some extra exercise. In college my best friend would often look over at me and roll her eyes asking “You’re doing it again, aren’t you?” Butt clenches can be done anywhere, ladies. My kids get really annoyed when I make them take the stairs instead of the elevator (mostly because they want to push the buttons though, nothing to do with the extra work.) Just the other day while I was standing behind our kitchen island and discovered I could get in 20 push-ups off of it before having to wipe it down. Look, you do what you can as a busy Mom, right? I’ve always been an advocate of using the stroller for exercise. I taught a group of Moms back at my old studio a bunch of exercises that involve a stroller so when Safety 1st asked me to do the same before their yoga event I was excited to get back on the horse. Stroller exercises are great because a) It’s like you are walking around with your own personal Barre and b) You are multitasking!
They sent me one of their brand new joggers to get ready for the event and although I’m not doing much jogging these days, I am loving the stroller itself. I used it all over Florida during Christmas break. Here’s what I loved most about it –
- The air filled bicycle tires and performance shocks made the ride super smooth for both Decker and myself
- Adjustable handle – I’m tall, I need this feature!
- Tray with an extra large cup holder for my phone and Starbucks cup coupled with a huge storage basket (what’s up with the $900 strollers not coming with either of these must-haves??)
- The lockable swivel wheel lets it go from strolling to running and I can’t wait to get back out there with this baby!
I told the Moms at this event that the best excersice you can do with a jogging stroller is – to JOG with it! But try these extra little time savers at home, too. I’ve been doing them in the basement while the kids play (since getting up our driveway in this snow is an exercise all right…in futility.)
Stand behind the stroller while it’s locked and hold on to the handle. Simply raise up and down on the pads of your feet. Repeat for 10 reps of 15 (or until you feel the burn.)
MAKE LIKE A BIRD
Stand about 3 feet back from your stroller with arms stretched long. Stand on one leg and extend the other. Raise and lower the extended leg behind you being careful not to go too high and crunch your back. Repeat on the other side, then try it with your leg extended to the side, as well.
You can easily stand behind your stroller, arms extended and squat down as if you are sitting in a chair at any point with your stroller. You’ll fill that one pretty quickly. Try a different variation where you take turns “stepping” in front on opposite legs for knee bends. Make sure to keep your knees protected at 90 degree angles.
“WHEN I DIP YOU DIP WE DIP”
One of my favorites (and one that will be sure to draw looks if you do it at the playground.) Put your feet up on the base of the stroller seat and extend your body back. Start to raise and lower by bending your elbows. Keep them loose and try not to lock them out on the extension. This is not easy pregnant but my friend in the background still doesn’t seem all that impressed, ha!
The color I have is called Surf’s Up, it’s $199 and available at Target (with more colors available soon at Walmart and Babies R Us.) But hey, who wants one now?? Safety 1st is giving away 1 Schwinn Jogger to a lucky MIM reader. Tell us why you need/want one in the comment section of this blog and we’ll pick a winner next week!