"Work-life balance is a myth," said Amanda Rahn, parent of 16-month-old Walker and owner of Stroller Strides of North Atlanta. "Sometimes work takes 60 percent and family takes 40 percent of your time, then seconds later it flips. Those are the facts, no guilt, no judgement."
Rahn teaches Stroller Strides class to new moms and their babies. She leads them through intervals of power walking with their strollers and then strength training with resistance bands. Between sets of bicep curls she interjects statements to help moms realize they are not victim to their "To-Do lists".
"Moms fall into the trap of saying they don’t have enough time," Rahn said. "They are juggling too many things- laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, paying bills while taking care of the children and many of them also work. They push their needs to the bottom of the list."
Rahn said she believes this "Super-Mom Syndrome" leaves mothers feeling overextended, exhausted, isolated and victimized by their choices.
Rahn’s message is simple and close to her heart.
"As a busy parent of 1 young child, I know how hard it is to make my own health and wellness a priority," Rahn said. "My goal in opening Stroller Strides was to be a leader in the Woodstock community, showing moms that whether they choose to stay at home or to work, they can make a commitment to their personal needs."
In addition to the classes, Stroller Strides offers playgroups and mom’s night out, giving women an opportunity to socialize and further relationships.
"We provide the outlet that moms need to enjoy time with other moms, while also focusing on the much needed exercise to fuel their demanding lives," Rahn said. "You can make new friends, get into shape and enjoy time with your baby."
Stroller Strides of North Atlanta offers three classes weekly, including a Monday, Wednesday and Friday class at 9:30 a.m. at and will soon offer classes in River Park Subdivision to accommodate working moms. Rahn also plans to offer Fit 4 Baby classes very soon.
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program for new moms that they can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of body toning using exercise tubing and the stroller. Taught by nationally certified instructors, it’s a great workout for any level of exerciser. In 60 minutes, you will get a total body workout improving your cardiovascular endurance, your strength and your flexibility. The classes are equally beneficial for babies as instructors will weave songs through the workout and incorporate activities to make it fun.