Movement for Health and Fun

Today is cold but beautiful. After being trapped indoors with holidays and illnesses for most of the last week we had to get outside. A trip to Costco for produce and a roasted chicken for soup the kids and I headed to the RAC for a walk and playtime. We made it more than halfway around the park, stopping to play when we reached a playground. While the kids were on the monkey bars and see-saws I did step-ups on the bench and tricep dips on the steps. It was a relaxed circuit but felt good after being ill for 24 hours.

Workouts do not have to be long and complicated to be effective. Continue reading

Stroller Strides Anniversary Party


Four years ago my life changed when I was invited to the grand opening of Stroller Strides Olympia. With two small children buckled into a double stroller, I discovered a new kind of workout. We ran, did crunches and held squats while singing “5 Little Monkeys” to our kids.
Slowly my body and self-confidence began to change. In addition, I had found a group of women who became a needed support community. These ladies understood sleep-deprivation, toddler tantrums and “mommy brain.” As the kids grew they continued to look forward to the after workout play dates with their friends.
Today my kids are too big for the stroller and Stroller Strides has evolved into Fit4Mom Olympia. There are classes for moms in every stage for life.  I continue to be grateful for all I learned with these ladies.
On Sept 6 you are invited to a free workout and party to celebrate the 4th anniversary of this amazing community program.

Play – The Best form of Exercise

As a busy mom, my to-do list feels infinitely long. Some days workouts fall to the way side in favor of spending more time with my kids or getting just one more task done. Other days I feel as if I have ignored the kids so that I could work out. This morning my 4 year-old reminded me that exercise can be fun and that it can be shared. We spent nearly an hour today playing Tag and Follow-the-Leader through the house. We did lunges, crabwalks, bear crawls, hops and a number of unnamed activities. By lunchtime I was tired and sweaty and my daughter was smiling and giggling, basking in the undivided attention.


Increasingly, studies are finding that such activities are better for us than hours spent in a gym. The term experts are using is – functional exercise. This is any exercise that mimics how you use you body in daily activities.For moms this may would include lifting weights (i.e. our kids), sprinting (game of tag),balance/core stregthening and whatever else we need to live our lives withouth worry of fatigue or injury. Playing is a great way to strengthen your body while spending time with family. Next time you are at the playground with the kids do a couple of squats while you wait at the bottom of the slide or push the swing while standing on one foot. Perhaps you could play hide-and-see or frisbee. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring and it doesn’t have to feel isolating. Not only will playing help you stay in shape, the laughter that you will share will feed your soul.
-A note for those of you who want some adult time along with your work out, check out the Fit4Mom organization which specializes in helping moms get their bodies back without having to leave the kids at home. This is a great way for both moms and kids to have social time as well as for moms to get a workout.