The most disheartening change for most women is weight gain. Ideally a woman should gain 25 to 30 pounds during pregnancy. This number can increase drastically with inactivity and overeating.
One of the most difficult challenges is returning to pre-pregnancy weight and physical activity. Among the obstacles to achieving this goal include erratic sleep schedules, demands of returning to work and caring for a new baby.
An outstanding solution to this problem is a program called “Stroller Strides.” Stroller Strides is a national, total fitness program for new mothers. It consists of a combination of aerobic and resistive exercise performed along with a child six weeks after giving birth.
The configuration of a stroller has changed over time. The large, inflated tires along with lightweight construction are perfect for running and power walking. The resistance component is introduced with the use of resistive bands and body-weight exercises.
April Holtmeyer is a certified instructor and local franchise owner who lost 145 pounds after giving birth to her first child.
“I always struggled with weight gain and found myself obese and a new mother. My obstetrician confronted me with the likelihood that I would die young and have to leave this beautiful child behind,” said Holtmeyer.
After moving to Eastern Connecticut, she purchased a local franchise and leads classes consisting of 15 to 20 mothers and children.
One hour sessions are offered six days-per-week; most participants attend four sessions per week. An added benefit is the social interaction among the mothers and children. The playgroup aspect helps combat post-partum depression.
Stroller Strides is a program worth considering for young mothers. If interested, visit www.strollerstrides.com