Mums wrap up for holiday season
TEAMS of mums across the Gold Coast are wrapping up their exercise regime for the year.
Founder of The Original Stroller Group, Theresa Wells, said the exercise groups would take a break for the Christmas holidays but mums would return next year.
Gold Coast mum Jennie Jennings said she joined the Varsity Lakes Original Stroller Group five months ago for fitness and to meet other mums.
“It is a social network of mums and I have made new friends,” Mrs Jennings said.
“It is a social network and a never-ending source of advice for me as a first-time mum.”
With her husband James in the army for the past nine years, Mrs Jennings said she and her six-month-old daughter Ashleigh enjoyed the social networking of the stroller group.
“All the kids stay in the prams and there are about 15 women every week in my group,” she said.
Mrs Jennings said she was recommended the stroller group through the hospital when she gave birth to her daughter.
“I think we all look forward to the end more than anything when we can have a coffee,” she said.
“We share advice on breastfeeding, putting baby on solids and other things like that.”
Mrs Wells said she started stroller group exercise classes 10 years ago while she lived in Sydney.
“I moved to the Gold Coast five years ago and decided to continue the classes here,” Mrs Wells said.
“I was a personal trainer in Sydney and told my clients never to let children be a reason not to come to the gym.
“When I had my own children I realised I didn’t really want to put my kids in the creche.
“I started growing another side of my business which was the Original Stroller Group.”
Mrs Wells lives in Tallebudgera but runs classes from Currumbin to Coomera, with help from one other class instructor, Frensesca Collins. Ms Wells said she held morning classes to suit children’s routines.
“It’s not too early so mums don’t have to stress in the morning about getting to the class on time.”
She said the classes provided a broad range of exercises including a mobile circuit, pelvic floor exercises, strengthening and conditioning as well as exercises to promote good posture.
“Cross training keeps the body responding and it’s good fun,” Mrs Wells said.
“We have activities outside the classes too so it’s a whole lifestyle thing.
“Mums who have just moved to the area will meet other mums within five minutes of starting the group.
“If kids have gone to kindy, mums can still come to the classes.”
The classes are run in conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council’s Active and Healthy program.
“It has been so beneficial to so many people and I can run $5 classes because I’m affiliated with the Active and Healthy program,” Mrs Wells said.
Gold Coast residents can find classes by going to http://gcparks.com.au.