A stroller fitness club is a good way for mums to get together, make friends and get healthy. Some organised clubs exist, but if you don’t have a stroller fitness club in your area then you don’t need to go without. You can simply start your own club! Here is my quick guide to setting up your own stroller fitness club like this one.
You will need a good jogging stroller suitable for running with your baby in a safe and secure way. Its not that hard nowadays because the amount of strollers on the market is huge. There are lots of different colours, features and ultra modern inventions – all these you can find easily. For jogging you should pay attention to a few very important things.
First of all wheels. Jogging stroller must have big wheels, bigger than usual, with tires suitable for moving fast on different surfaces. Pneumatic tires will provide a smoother ride.
Second – hand breaks. Jogging is an outdoor sport so its clear you must be super attentive and have an ability to stop anytime in any situation. Hand brakes will help you out here and will let you stay in total control of your stroller.
Third – safety harness. Of course jogging will make a stroller shake a bit so your baby must be 100% safe from falling out, just don’t take any chances and strap them down. Modern jogging strollers have safety harness to fix the baby in position while jogging. Also its great if your stroller has a wrist strap – which will be good if you don’t want your stroller to get ahead of you going down hills. Pay attention to these important things.
Jogging is free form of exercise and of course you can do it anywhere you want you can go offroad and even up mountains if you want. Of course jogging with stroller is little different. Although modern jogging strollers provide smooth ride I think the best place to workout and jog with strollers is a park. You can find nice scenery and green lawns where you can stop and do exercises in front of your baby strollers together.
The park is more comfortable for jogging with strollers because it has good paths so you won’t have any problems with smooth ride without any ‘shaking stress’ for your baby. And of course it’s very beautiful in the park with lots of flowers, trees, birds singing so your baby will enjoy watching nature and watching mom’s workout and for sure will develop faster. And what can be better than combining mom’s workout with entertainment the kids?
It’s not a club if you are on your own so you are going to need to find some other moms that want to join in the fun and get healthy.
Ask your friends if anyone is interested in your idea.
Make a Facebook group.
Start a group on meetup.com
It’s only takes 3 or 4 people to start a club and soon word will spread about what you are doing and other parents will want to join in. Make sure you have a way for people to enquire about your group.
It may be possible for you to find a local fitness instructor that will lead the class in the park for a small fee. A trained fitness instructor will make sure the group is kept motivated and that everyone follows the correct procedures and stretches for warming up and warming down.
Also, a pro fitness instructor will add in extra exercises in addition to the jogging making it a more serious work out.
Make it’s someone’s job to keep records so that as your fitness improves you can see the results.
If you run a regular route time how long it takes you to complete the run. Decide if you want to take measurements such as weight or waist size if you want it to be that kind of club.
With time and regular exercise you will see your numbers improve.
If you don’t want to employ a fitness instructor or if there is nobody available in your area don’t let this stop you from forming your club.
Every member of ‘club’ can be an instructor. Each session choose a new mom to show her workout and let her be the leader. It will add some fun and seriousness to your club, and will help to vary the exercises. It’s also harder to not show up if the rest of the group is depending upon you.
Any exercise is better than none. And you will be impressed how many workout videos you can find in Youtube and become yourself an instructor.
If your club is not fun then it will not last. People will get bored and stop attending. Make sure that your club is not only about exercise. Schedule some time for chit chat between mums and make sure it’s a social occasion. This will encourage everyone to come back and make your club a success.
That’s it! These are my 7 steps to forming your own stroller fitness club. My last piece of advice is make sure you don’t go crazy with the cakes in the coffee shop with your new friends!
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We know that exercising with a jogging stroller can be a great way for mums to get some exericse with their baby. But we don’t want any accidents, here are some safety tips for joggers strollers.
Don’t run with a stroller when there are cars about. I read recently 1 terrible story about a mum whose jogging stroller was hit by a truck as she was running on a road. Tragically the child died.
Keep the running to the park or other safe areas where there is not heavy traffic. It will be more enjoyable there too.
Generally jogging with a baby is not recommended if the child is below six months because the bumping and moving can be dangerous for the baby.
However, if your stroller has a car seat adapter that will protect your baby’s head and neck and if you run more slowly on even surfaces then you might be ok.
Use your judgement and don’t take risks.
To stop you from falling or having an accident, use a stroller with a fixed front wheel.
If your jogging stroller has a swivel front wheel check if it can be locked in a fixed position. If you are moving fast with a swivel wheel it can abruptly change direction from a bump in the road and cause you to lose control.
We know young kids can be a bit silly sometimes and if they are not strapped in with a safety belt they might try to climb out even when you are moving.
Even worse they could lean out and get their fingers trapped in moving wheels. All strollers will come with a safety belt to make sure that won’t happen… JUST MAKE SURE YOU USE IT.
On steel hills gravity can pull your stroller away from you, don’t let go. For extra safetly use a wrist strap to tether then stroller to you.
Don’t go so fast that you the stoller takes on a mind of it’s own.
If you are pushing a stroller you can’t go as fast as you normally run without one. Accept this and remember that because you are pushing a stroller you will burn calories from that and work different muscules. Expect some sore legs the first few times.
Of course you will be warmer than your child because you are running. If it’s a cold day make sure your child is well wrapped up because he or she will feel colder than you do. If it’s a hot day make sure that they are not too warm and protected from the sun using the strollers shade and/or sunscreen. If it’s very hot or very cold don’t go out for too long.
I don’t want you to think that jogging with a stroller is some kind of dangerous activity. It really isn’t but it’s always best to be prepared and to take sensible precautions. Accidents can happen even something as simple as turning over on your ankle could be a problem if you are far from home. So keep your cell phone with you in case of emergency. Most of all have fun and enjoy your runs.