The short answer: Yes.
"The million dollar question. Why do the kids have to stay in the stroller during Stroller Strides? Why can't we just let the kiddos run around and play beside us while we try to work out? That way we don't have to deal with them being grumpy. Well, let me ask you this: how much do you normally get done when your toddler is running around underfoot?
I'm guessing 4 out of 5 of have visions of your darling angel running off, getting into everything, and raising just a little bit of hell (to that 5th mom: I salute you!). It's not exactly easy to get stuff done with a kid under foot, and if you've been to a Stroller Strides class you know that we keep things MOVING. If you haven't, you should! Anyhoo, we're a traveling format, meaning that we move from station to station. When we're only in one place for 7 or 8 minutes at a time, dealing with getting kids in and out of the stroller is a total drain on your workout time.
But practicality aside, the biggest reason why we keep kids in those strollers is safety. When we work out, even with the minimal equipment that we use, we always need to be concerned with safety. Bands can snap, a kid could get clipped running underfoot, or even a mom could trip over an errant little one. I was once in a class where a mom let her 18 month old run around, and as I was lunging her kid tripped on my foot and took a header. I know that you have wonderful children, but they're also kids and it's totally normal for them to get into stuff when they're loose - which is why we buckle them up.
Lady, I get it. It can be hard dealing with a kid that doesn't want to sit still. But you know what? That's okay. You are worth this hour. An hour where you work hard and build up and honest sweat. An hour where no one is touching you. And we are there for you. We've been there with the grouchy kids, we've had those days, and we will help you. You'll be amazed at how well kids do once you give them a little bit of time and consistency. Trust me, it's worth it!"
• courtesy of FIT4MOM Seattle Blog •