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Fitness & Motherhood

Have you tried to elbow your way into a gym this month?  They are packed!  If you are discouraged by the crowds, I have a suggestion for you: get fit with your phone or iPad instead! We all know that technology is amazing and always progressing but the fact that you can get a full body workout from an app is amazing!

Below I have a list of some free apps that you can download onto your phone or tablet. The great thing about using an app is that it can be done anywhere; your living room during your child's naptime or while on vacation with your family. Your Smartphone can do amazing things for your health; it can calculate the distance of your run and track your meals. As moms we know that an hour workout is impossible to fit in most days; try these apps for some fun and quick workouts!

runkeeper appRunKeeper-With this app users can track running, walking, cycling and hiking. The app will give statistics for pace, distance, time and calories burned.

MapMyRun-This app tracks pace, distance, route navigation, calorie counting and nutrition. 

MyFitnessPal-There is a database of over two million foods that makes it easy for users to keep track of calories.

Nike Training Club-This app lets you choose from 100 different workouts that vary from 15, 30 and 45 minute workouts. Nike Training Club

Couch to 5K-This app is for beginning runners that requires 30 minutes a day, three days a week for eight weeks. At the end of the program you will successfully run a 5K!

Sworkit-This app provides random or customizable circuit workouts for various muscle groups and lengths of time. This app lets you choose between strength training, yoga or stretching routines.

Ab Trainer-Download this app and receive different abdominal exercises to tone that tummy!

FitStar, Tony Gonzalez-This app lets you create your own workout plan that you will actually want to use.

Simply Yoga-Have your own yoga teacher with you wherever you go, choose between a 20, 40 or 60 minute workout.

7 Minute Workout-Download this app for a quick 7 minute workout that you can do anywhere. This workout consists of bodyweight exercises, you can always do more than one round!

This is just a quick overview of a handful of free fitness apps. There are many more out there. The great thing is that they are free so there is no commitment! Grab your phone or iPad and start downloading and getting fit! Here's to a great 2014 filled with happiness, health and fitness!

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About Alison

Alison Neal is the owner of Stroller Strides of Fredericksburg. Stroller Strides is a total body workout that is done alongside your baby. Each instructor modifies the workouts for all fitness levels. As a mother, Alison knows it is hard to fit workouts into a busy schedule, but follow her blog right here for great fitness and healthy living tips! You can also learn more about Stroller Strides by visiting her website.


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Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.


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