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Get in shape with stroller exercises

Dr. Gia Fruscione, physical therapist and founder of

Dr. Gia Fruscione, physical therapist and founder of DLVR Maternity, a digital community for expecting moms, offered exercise tips for new moms. Credit: DLVR Maternity

Many new moms struggle with finding time to fit everything in on their daily to-do list. More often than not, exercise falls by the wayside.

Gia Fruscione, physical therapist and founder of DLVR Maternity, a digital community for expecting moms, encourages women to work out with their babies. Here, she provided three exercises that you can do using your baby stroller, perfect for when you're out on a walk or when you want to squeeze in some fitness.

Walking lunges
Stepping forward with alternating legs using your stroller for balance will help to improve the strength and stability of your midsection and legs.
Exercise: Stand upright, facing your stroller with both hands resting on the handle(s) for balance. Step forward with your right leg. Keeping your right knee in line with your ankle, slowly lower yourself into a lunge position (you should be able to look down and see your toes). Only lower yourself to a comfortable position. Raise yourself back up and step forward with the left foot, alternating throughout the set. Build up to three sets of 12 repetitions (six lunges per leg).

Hip extension
Using your stroller for balance, this exercise will help strengthen the back of the hip (gluteus maximus).
Exercise: Stand upright, facing your stroller with both hands resting on the handle(s) for balance. Bring one leg straight behind you while maintaining an upright position. If you're doing it correctly, your leg will only move behind you by a foot or so. You should feel the gluteal muscles in the back of your hip working. Build up to three sets of 15 repetitions on each side.

Squats
This exercise will improve functional pelvic and lower extremity strength.
Exercise: Stand upright, facing your stroller with both hands resting on the handle(s) for balance. With your feet under your hips, slowly sit back as if you were going to sit in a chair. This will help keep your knees from moving too far forward. Direct your knees out over your toes to prevent them from collapsing inward. Only lower yourself to a comfortable position, with the goal of your thighs being parallel to the ground. Build up to three sets of 15 repetitions.

 

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