Buggy walk for fit­ness fun


Many par­ents find it tough fit­ting in fit­ness at a gym but get­ting fit can be easy and free - just put the lit­tle one in a buggy and head out to a lo­cal park.

This is what I did to build up my fit­ness grad­u­ally and it is soul­lift­ing to be in na­ture – for you and your baby.

A pop­u­lar way to con­nect with other par­ents, care­givers or grand­par­ents do­ing ex­actly this is through the Mitre10 MEGA Buggy Walks.

These walks take place in parks on the first Thurs­day of each month around the greater Welling­ton re­gion.

There’s no need to regis­ter, just turn up at 10am for a 10.30am start.

You can walk at your own pace for up to an hour and of­ten there are tod­dlers walk­ing or on scoot­ers too.

There’s al­most a pa­rade of peo­ple and prams as sometimes hun­dreds at­tend.

Ta­nia Bart­ley, 34, from John­sonville, has been a reg­u­lar at all of these buggy walks since she first had Isaac, now aged 6 months.

She loves meet­ing other par­ents with young­sters.

Isaac loves to hang out with oth­ers, rolling around on the grass be­fore and af­ter the walks.

‘‘Isaac loves the fresh air and sun­shine and look­ing at the trees and dif­fer­ent light.

‘‘And I love con­nect­ing with other peo­ple be­cause to­gether we can mo­ti­vate each other.

‘‘It’s re­ally good to be ac­tive like this and feel good about your­self – rather than be­ing stuck in the house,’’ says Bart­ley.

The­mu­mis do­ing the walks to help step up her fit­ness for the Mitre 10 Mega Buggy Walk at the Cigna Round the Bays on Fe­bru­ary 19.

En­ter­ing this event with Isaac and her hus­band Ed, has given the fam­ily a fun goal to strive for.

Find a buggy walk at bug­gy­walk.co.nz.

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