Without strollers, babies would have to be pushed about in shopping carts or learn to horse-whisper at an early age while astride a noble mare. Take advantage of mom-powered mobility with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a five-class punch card from Stroller Strides, with three park-based (weather permitting) and two indoor locations in Anchorage (a $55 value).
Stroller Strides, which has been featured in Parents magazine, helps new moms stay fit and meet friends with a flexible schedule of fun, supportive, outdoor exercise classes, weather permitting. During the one-hour sessions, friendly instructors lead moms through stretching, power walking, and abdominal exercises using exercise tubing, baby strollers, and large, stoic storks for heavy lifting. Bring your baby, who should be at least 6 weeks of age, and any stable stroller to a beautiful park or one of the indoor locations on the day of your class. After a five-minute warm-up, moms hold tight to the handlebars of their buggy for 45 minutes of aerobic power walking, with plenty of stops for body-toning exercises and socially grooming the little ones. The whole thing ends with a 10-minute flourish of abdominal toning and stretching. Despite the sweat-inducing workouts, the classes remain relaxed and give moms plenty of freedom socialize and to tend to fussy youngsters.