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Last week I had a new experience of reaching out to fellow Fredericksburg Parent blogger and mom of two boys, Brenda Sapanghlia. She and her son joined myself and fellow Stroller Striders for her first Stroller Strides class, ( I was thrilled to have her and she did an amazing job!

I was a little nervous to tell you the truth, knowing that we would both be writing about our experience. Would she find a flaw in my class that I didn't know existed? I was planning on holding class outdoors but at the last minute I moved the class indoors due to the chilly temperatures. That location change added a little more stress because I had to make some changes to the workout. Would she feel nervous entering a group of new women? I hoped that when she arrived to class she would find a group of welcoming, friendly moms, happy babies and a great workout. Brenda and I had been emailing each other in advance and I could tell she was a great person so that made me feel a little better! I set aside my nervousness and started class like I always do with introductions and a warm up.

Brenda had her second baby a few months ago and just like any new mom she is ready to start working out and getting back into pre-baby shape. I hope she comes to another class (and brings a friend or two if she wants.) I think she left class feeling sweaty, motivated and excited about the new friendships and people she met. Joining a fitness group like Stroller Strides is a great first step to regaining confidence, friendships for you and your little one and living a healthier lifestyle.

I commend Brenda for stretching herself and for trying something new, and if any of you out there want to follow in her footsteps, here is one of the mini-routines that I suggest for moms looking to lose that pregnancy weight and tone up after baby:

30 jumping jacks
1 minute wall sit
2 minute stair run/walk
15 push ups
30 calf raises
30 crunches
15 tricep dips
1 minute plank

I also tried something new this week too with the blog collaboration, and I am very happy with the end result. Let's all keep moving, both physically and otherwise, moms and dads! We can do great things when we try!



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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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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.


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