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Moms taking a stroll for fitness

By PAT JENKINS

The Mirror

For mothers like Lisa McCann, having a baby has opened a door to physical fitness.

McCann and her 9-month-old daughter, Emma, are participating in Stroller Strides, a fitness program for new moms –– and babies, too.

The stroller-pushing, power-walking class “gets us out of the house and is healthy for us,” said McCann.

“Moms can work out while having their babies with them. It’s the only thing like it in south King County,” said Chelsea Longwith, instructor of the class at Lake Meridian Park in Kent where McCann and the other participants meet three days a week.

Songs and activities entertain and occupy the babies, while the moms are led through an intense 50-minute workout that includes power-walking and muscle-toning exercises.

“It’s more than just an exercise class,” Longwith explained. “We provide an opportunity for moms to meet other moms. We also organize fun outings, playgroups and activities that involve the whole family. Our participants get a lot more than a workout.”

Besides the Kent location, other classes in King County are in the Bellevue area, Woodinville, Kirkland and Bothell.

McCann, one of two Federal Way women in the Lake Meridian Park group of first-time moms (and one second-timer), started the second week in May and is feeling the physical benefits.

“I’m already stronger. I can do more pushups than before I started,” she said.

Her favorite part of the class is “the social interaction, combined with the exercise,” McCann said. Her least favorite part? “Running the stairs,” she said, laughing.

Stroller Strides gives mothers quality time with their infants, while also doing something important for her physical and emotional well-being, according to Lisa Druxman, who

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