Pre-baby I was a pretty active person. I’d go to the gym a few times a week. Spinning was my favourite class, but I’d do some weights, some outdoor running, maybe a bit of yoga and pilates. Post-baby the main thing I do is walk. I occasionally run and do the odd YouTube workout. I haven’t managed to get back to the gym for two reasons—time and money. So when I was offered the chance to try out the new Aaptiv stroller workouts, I jumped at the chance.
Getting back to exercise with a baby
Aaptiv is an on-demand audio workout app. It has loads of different types of workouts from running and cycling, to stretching and strength training. Their stroller workouts are a new offering and are designed for busy mums with babies. The classes are short (20-25 minutes), making it easier to squeeze one into a hectic day, and because they use the pushchair there is no need for a babysitter. My favourite thing about the stroller workouts is getting to exercise outside in the fresh air. I think it’s good for Jacob to get some fresh air too.
At first, I was a bit skeptical about an audio workout. I’ve done a lot of video workouts and they are easy to follow because you can see what you are meant to be doing. My concerns were unfounded though. The workouts are easy to follow. I did find that occasionally I wasn’t sure I was doing the move exactly right, but as the workout continued I got the hang of it. The workouts are challenging, but modifiable depending on your fitness level. I found the instructor really motivating and having music made the workout go by faster. I don’t know about you, but I need to be encouraged to push myself harder during a workout. If I workout on my own, I never work as hard as I do at a class, so Aaptiv is useful to keep me going.
Another good thing about the app is that you can download classes to your phone, so you don’t have to worry about using up your data.
The stroller workouts include strength moves, walking, some jogging, and plyometrics. When I heard about the jogging, I assumed I’d need a specific jogging pushchair, but that’s not necessary. The jogging sections are brief and light, and Jacob was fine in my usual Bugaboo pram. I was running on a smooth path though, so that helps. I did all my workouts in the local park, but you could do them anywhere. You just need a little bit of space.
So far I’ve tried:
- Leg love stroller workout—this really works your lower body hard with lots of squats and lunges. I really liked this one and I felt the burn in my legs and bum the next day.
- Stroller strong vibes—this also worked my lower body with lots of walking lunges. Jacob liked this one as I made funny faces at him the whole time!
- Everyday we’re strollering—this is a more cardio focused workout. There are intervals of 2 minutes of running or walking (depending on fitness) followed by strength moves.
If, like me, you want to stay fit and healthy, but struggle for childcare and time to go to formal exercise classes, I’d definitely recommend giving Aaptiv a go.
*I was provided with a free 2-week trial to Aaptiv, but all opinions are my own.