Mama Fit: Finding a fitness routine & have fun with your little one

As a mom finding and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can sometimes be brushed to the side. Before I had Leo I was so good at mapping out my workouts for the week: Pilates, Yoga, Running, Barre Classes and more! I loved variety and I made fitness a priority while I was pregnant, it was simple, I made the time. 

After having Leo, I not only have one schedule to maintain but two lovely schedules of adventure, fitness, play, and fun to maintain. Motherhood has been such an awarding job, but lets face it it can also be exhausting. One thing that I have found that keeps me going is maintaining a fitness routine, while also allowing myself to be flexible with it. I actually find my workouts to be energizing and uplifting rather than exhausting.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a necessity for me and Pearachute has been a life savor! There are so may options for moms to bring their kids along and workout. I wanted to share some of my favorite options 

Dailey Method: Dailey Barre

Description: This class is appropriate for all levels of students. The cuing and pacing are relatively quick but options and modifications are given regularly to enable all students to be successful. Students are encouraged to work at their own level and to make the positioning the priority for each exercise. Movement is layered on after form and alignment is perfected. This is the ideal class to work on perfecting your practice while continuing to be challenged.

Review: Shake and burn your way through an amazing hour long class! Besides the great music and amazing teachers, one of my favorite things about Dailey Method is that I can drop off my son in the kids room and I get a full body work out and "me" time. One of my favorite prenatal workouts and still one of my all time favorite way to sweat. Leo loves the kids room and always makes new friends when he is there.

Recycled Barre: Barre & Baby

Description: Barre & Baby is a full body workout with your baby that fuses classical dance elements and repetition with conditioning, stretching, and circuit training. The technique is originated from high intensity strength intervals with your baby, followed immediately by deep recovery stretching. This regimented routine will evenly sculpt and quickly transform the entire body. Intricate muscle development through proper dance technique will get you to tight and toned physique you've been looking for. Barre & Baby classes will build your body from your core out to your arms and legs to create a dynamic and fluid approach to fitness.

Review: A beautiful space and a sweet workout with your little one. May favorite part is that we used our little ones as our weights. If they wanted to explore they are free to roam the room while mom still gets her workout in.

Fit4Mom: Stroller Strides

Description: Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom

Review: Fun in the sun with the little one! My favorite part of this class was how we interacted with our little ones throughout the class. We sang classic children's songs and incorporated them into our workout. (Imagine singing "Head, shoulders, knees, & toes" a few times while incorporating squats) The littles love it and BONUS, stay after class and get to know other moms for the stay and play.

Bubbles: Mama Bootcamp at Lincoln Park Zoo

Description:A year-round, high intensity interval training program — we rebuild, bond, stretch and revitalize. Kim Schiefelbein leads a bootcamp style workout that is a combination of running, weight training, ballet and barre. Mama Bootcamp is the perfect way to exercise and socialize while still being with baby. We provide child care assistants at every class. 

Review: Holy Guacamole, this class is amazing! My favorite part of this class is that they having childcare! As you run through the different parts of the zoo and park, there are 2 extra people dedicated to watching your kids so you don't miss out on a single push up or set of stairs! BONUS: Stay and play a the zoo after, we made an entire day of it!

Gratitude Yoga: Kids and Family Yoga
Description:The kids & family yoga classes are designed to involve every family member- All ages are welcome and yoga experience is not required. Even moms with newborn babies are welcome to come and get their stretch-on while their little ones are in the room. It is a happy and safe environment. The class will involve: review of yoga poses, an introduction to meditation, journaling and practicing partner activities. gratitude provides a warm, calm & welcoming environment to all ages of the family! The class is a great way to spend time with your kids, meet new families and stay warm on the weekend! 

Review: This was such a welcoming environment and kid friendly family yoga class! Leo was free to wander the room, and he even took a break from his busy schedule to do a few poses with me! We love doing moms and me classes and most of them are for 6 weeks to crawling and Leo is just too adventurous for those classes. This class was perfect because even thought he wasn't ready to do the poses on his own, he was able to interact with me while I got to get my stretch on! ALSO: What a perfect way to end my week of fitness, I felt relaxed yet energized and was able to stretch out all my sore muscles from all the other fitness classes I went to this week!

If you haven't joined Parachute yet, try out your first month for only $39! Use the code: JESI at the checkout. Sign up here, to see the different options of classes and class times they offer!

Let me know if you ever want to schedule a fitness playdate!

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