If there’s one thing motherhood has taught me, it’s flexibility. Especially when it comes to exercise.
Now that my babies are 1 and 3, gone are the days of long peaceful runs, free of interruption.
More often than not, my plans to work out are thwarted by a skipped nap, cranky toddler, or unexpected trip to the store to get diapers/milk/wipes/you name it.
Additionally, the seasons are always changing with little ones. One month they enjoy riding in the stroller and the next they can’t sit still for more than a few minutes at a time. But rather than holding myself to this standard of perfection, I’ve adjusted my expectations and simply try to do the best I can.
Something is always better than nothing, right?
Short and strategic stroller workouts have become my go-to exercise for cardio, strength training and fresh air.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to a fail-proof stroller workout for moms with active children…
- Jogging stroller (my favorite by far)
- Snacks + water for your little ones
- Good running shoes + comfortable clothes + layers (you’re gonna sweat!)
Fail-Proof 30-Minute Stroller Workout
Get dressed and prepare snacks + water for your little ones. Load up the stroller and head out the door.
Start with a 10-minute run (set the timer on your phone).
Stroller-friendly strength training exercises:
— 3 roll downs to warm up your spine.
— 20 squats + 20 small pulses
— Barre leg lifts.
10 full lifts + 10 pulses on each side.
Be sure to keep your hips squared off to your stroller and draw your abs in and up.
— Side leg lifts.
10 full lifts + 10 small pulses on each side.
Keep your pelvis level and your knee and toe pointing straight forward.
— Tricep Dips
Keep your collar bone wide and your chest lifting to the sky.
— Bench Push-Ups
Abs in and up, hips in line with your spine. Don’t forget to breathe.
Step 4: Finish the workout with another 10-minute run.
Step 5: Celebrate your accomplishment!
In just 30-minutes you’ll have completed a full-body strength and cardio workout!
Keep in mind…something is always better than nothing and you don’t have to execute this workout perfectly to get the benefits or see results.
If you give this workout a try, let me know how it goes! 🙂
PS – Not able to leave the house? Check out my New Year Pilates Ball Workout that can be done from the comfort of your own home. 🙂
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