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Stroller Fitness

Stroller fitness is an exercise system designed for new mothers, at least six weeks postpartum, to start or return to a fitness plan relatively soon after giving birth. Stroller fitness is practiced outdoors in groups, and participants are accompanied by their child in a stroller. Sessions are typically 60 minutes and occur twice weekly. An instructor leads participants through a warm up (stretching of upper and lower body extremities), cardio work out (intervals of walking and running behind the stroller), and a cool down. Strength exercises, such as lunges, squats, and core exercises, are usually included to help participants rebuild their strength after giving birth. Some exercises incorprorate participants' babies (e.g. lying on a yoga mat) as a way to increase stimulation and bonding between the mother and her child.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Stroller Boot Camp

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Stroller fitness gained popularity in the late 1990s in North America. The fitness system was developed to meet the needs of post-natal mothers seeking a way to exercise without leaving their infants in the care of others.

Who takes part?

Most participants are new mothers and their newborn babies, although fathers occasionally participate alongside their female partners.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Stroller fitness occurs during warm months in the spring, summer, and early fall. Some businesses adapt stroller workouts for indoor settings, allowing participation during the winter.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

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Exercise System
  • Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
    660 Lakeshore Rd.
    Mississauga, ON L5H 1H7
  • Life with a Baby
    1136 Centre St.
    Suite 409 Thornhill, ON L4J 3M8
  • Kinetic Yummy Tummy
    401 Pearl St.
    Burlington, ON L7R 0A5
  • Mommy Bootcamp
    1108 Rebecca St
    Oakville, ON L6L 1Y7
  • Strollerfit Hamilton
    104 Frid St.
    Hamilton, ON L8P 4M4
  • Nelson Park
    4235 New Street
    Burlington, ON L7L 5E8
  • Haber Recreation Centre
    3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.
    Burlington, ON L7M 0M3
  • Iroquois Shoreline Woods Park
    1383 Joshuas Creek Dr
    Oakville, ON L6H 7G4

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