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Spring Fitness with babe

post #1 of 13
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Already thinking about getting "back" into shape in the spring.  I looked at jogging strollers at REI and was horrified at the price.  Has anyone bought one that works well and is much cheaper?  I did see one at Target for around $100, but I'm not sure how well it would hold up. 

post #2 of 13

My best advice is to check out your local ads like Kijiji or Craigslist for people selling stuff. I got my hands on an essentially brand new, gorgeous Bumbleride Indie with a bunch of add-ons for $300.

post #3 of 13

I LOVE my Bob.  I can't say enough about this jogger.  It is the best investment we made when DD2 was born.  That being said, I don't think I would have paid for the single jogger.  I looked for used double joggers when pregnant with DD2, but I love how the new bob models have independent shade covers.  

 

I did get the single jogger from Target when DD1 was a baby and used it to train for a 1/2 marathon (many miles per week).  It is not made nearly as well and there were many problems (hard time folding it up... often I put it in the trunk of the van completely without folding it).  It was fine though.  I would give the BOB 4.5 stars and the target one, maybe 2.5 stars.... but, the bob double was over $500 and the target one is $100 (I don't know if you need a double or how much the double is as Target).

 

I am planning on training again for another 1/2 marathon after babe is born.  I don't know how I am going to do it though.  I don't think DD1 could keep up with  a bike yet and I will have 3 kids to run with.... I am thinking I will have to either do it with DH after he gets off work, or maybe I will go to the gym in the morning before he leaves for work.

post #4 of 13

it depends on what you do, if you don't jog/run you don't need a jogging stroller - i would recommend baby wearing if you walk (what i have done) I looked into jogging strollers when i was pg with #3 - i determined that anything but a BOB wasn't worth it, so i didn't get anything, i got by just fine  but i don't jog/run and i had 3 kids at that point, i had DD1 walk with me, DS rode and baby in a carrier.. I do know a lot of moms who utilize the YMCA (or whatever gym they are members of) daycare to work out starting as early as 6 weeks .. 
 

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Originally Posted by etsdtm99 View Post

it depends on what you do, if you don't jog/run you don't need a jogging stroller - i would recommend baby wearing if you walk (what i have done) I looked into jogging strollers when i was pg with #3 - i determined that anything but a BOB wasn't worth it, so i didn't get anything, i got by just fine  but i don't jog/run and i had 3 kids at that point, i had DD1 walk with me, DS rode and baby in a carrier.. I do know a lot of moms who utilize the YMCA (or whatever gym they are members of) daycare to work out starting as early as 6 weeks .. 
 

yup- this would be me.  not the YMCA.  the first part!

 

i usually start a core fitness routine at 6 weeks pp, during quiet time, and can do a major amount of work in 45 minutes.  but i'm rather a dedicated core exercise person, and know that's not for everyone.  i also babywear as i can't run/jog, and am too busty for many many months to even consider it.  but i walk 2-4 miles a day while pregnant, and as soon as the bleeding eases up, jump back into that.  i also dance.  and am meeting with a friend who dances to talk about joining her troupe and other activities like that in January.  also have another friend who's expressed an interest in getting some structured dancing in, and i would not say no to any dancing.  

 

come summer, i'll be swimming and playing, but the core and dance are my 2 plans.  we were handed down an industrial sort of double stroller which is starting to fall apart.  but it has been a lifesaver.  i'd definitely look for a used jogging stroller locally.  i might just do that!  the walking is great, but often my giant 3 year old gets tired.  she's way less athletic than my other 3 kids and just can't do the distances!  so i'll probably be baby-carrying and pushing a double stroller w/ 2 kids.  yeah, i'm not too worried about fitness, i've got lots of padding, but my legs are bulking under my fat just from carrying so much weight!

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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

i also babywear as i can't run/jog, and am too busty for many many months to even consider it.

Gah! This is not something I had thought about until now. Running and yoga have always been my two staples but even before pregnancy I wore two bras to keep everything from looking like Baywatch, I'm going to need some concrete to keep these puppies down when they're filled with milk...

post #7 of 13

we just got our stroller the other day, it's a 3-in-1 travel system, but most importantly it's a 3 wheel jogging stroller. it's really funny to watch people try to push 4 wheel strollers on the sidewalks or bike paths around here in the snowy months. it's the baby trend expedition elx travel system. we got it in everglade so we can reuse it when/if we have a boy next. i asked several moms around here whenever i would see them with that stroller and they all loved it. my hubby loves how it handles and likes to run around the house with it... practice. it's a really nice stroller, i'm glad we got it. 

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Gah! This is not something I had thought about until now. Running and yoga have always been my two staples but even before pregnancy I wore two bras to keep everything from looking like Baywatch, I'm going to need some concrete to keep these puppies down when they're filled with milk...


http://www.bravissimo.com/

 

So fantastic for larger cup sizes, including sports bras and everything else you can think of!  I'm a 32FF pre-pregnancy and already up to a 34G or so-- love Bravissimo, or if you find something you like and want it cheaper, ebay.co.uk (the UK eBay site) is full of great retailers selling their overstock for good prices.  My fave is the Freya underwire sports bra.

post #9 of 13
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http://www.bravissimo.com/

 

So fantastic for larger cup sizes, including sports bras and everything else you can think of!  I'm a 32FF pre-pregnancy and already up to a 34G or so-- love Bravissimo, or if you find something you like and want it cheaper, ebay.co.uk (the UK eBay site) is full of great retailers selling their overstock for good prices.  My fave is the Freya underwire sports bra.

 

Just wanted to second the love for the Freya underwire sports bra -- also purchased off ebay  and it was sent from the uk :) I'm on my third one now actually.. well I was when I could still fit into it :|

Can't wait to get back to that size.. I think I'll have to look on ebay.co.uk for some quality nursing bras over the next few weeks.

post #10 of 13

I can't wait to be active again. Planning on being back to pilates and yoga post birth and walking which I guess I'll be doing wearing baby for the first few months. I've got a Bugaboo Cameleon hand-me-down waiting for us when we arrive in the US at three months. It seems pretty sturdy for the walking terrain around our new home. 

post #11 of 13

DH is a runner and he uses the double BOB and loves it. It's our only stroller so I use it as well, if I need too. Keep checking out craigslist & kid consigment stores for strollers.

post #12 of 13

We have an Instep that I got for about 100$. I got it b/c we lived on gravel with or first babe, and it was awesome for that.  I power walked with him on the gravel, and it was super easy. We still use it now even though we're in town now. It's so easy to push. So when we walk I can walk really fast. It's also good for winter time/snow. I haven't ever ran with it, but it seems like it would be ok. The one benefit to getting a BOB if you are leaning that way is the resale value is insane. I've seen people around here reselling used BOBs at 200$ or more. So you know you will get your moneys worth out of it. :)  I also bought a bike trailer that helped me get fit after first babe, and I invested in the spendy Burley b/c it was lighter. It's super hilly here, and I was new to biking with a kiddo.

post #13 of 13

I felt up to exercising around 3 months pp last time, so I'm assuming it will be the same this time. My kids are too old to sit in a jogging stroller without complaining, not to mention super heavy, so I'll be working out solo when I get little chunks of time. I've never done this, but I'd love to try a baby and mama yoga class! And I'll be walking to our community gym a few days a week to do my usual workout.

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