Getting Fit with Baby on Board

Stroller workouts help new moms get fit as they bond with their babies (and each other).

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

It's enough to drive a new mom to distraction. It seems like everywhere you look, you see photos of celebrity mothers who not only got their bodies back almost as soon as their babies were born, but look better than ever - Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Madonna ...

Of course, most new moms don't have access to celebrity perks like personal trainers, coaches, chefs, and nannies to watch the kids. Indeed, many feel lucky to get five minutes to themselves, let alone take the time for regular workouts.

Enter stroller fitness, a type of postnatal workout that's whipping new moms into shape nationwide - and keeping babies entertained in the process.

"The idea is to use the stroller as a piece of fitness equipment and doing exercises that actually rely on the stroller, or workouts that can be done while your baby is in the stroller," says Lisa Druxman, founder of San Diego-based Stroller Strides.

After her son was born in 2001, Druxman, a former fitness instructor, created a "stroller power walking" workout that also included a series of strength-training activities. She started with a group of moms in her neighborhood, and today there are some 300 locations nationwide offering Stroller Strides programs.