Being an entrepreneur is in Anna Townsend’s blood and it’s something she’s hoping to pass down to her two children when she opens her first health and wellness studio this spring. Read how she managed to create a full-time business out of a side hustle while juggling a young family in our feature on this Halifax parent entrepreneur.
If you aren’t singing nursery rhymes while you do squats yet, you will be after you take one of the new Port City Strollers fitness classes!
Courtney Ceponis is the owner of Port City Strollers and she is launching a new strolller fitness program aimed at parents who want to put exercise back into their lives and have fun and connect with their child and other parents at the same time.
BONUS: She's offering free trial classes this month for anyone interested in trying out her fun classes before the regular program kicks off in January!
A stellar performance of women at the Summer Olympics inspired many girls to take up new sports this year. But research by theWomen’s Sports Foundation shows that by the time they’re 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate as boys.
On one side of this trail runs a highway, so close you can see drivers slurping their morning coffee and rocking out to their car tunes. On the other side is the Canadian Forces Rifle Range with a steady stream of bullets firing from it. But, wait! Stay with me....
Joleen Ogden was a personal trainer for six years and had always enjoyed helping people reach their fitness goals. After having two children herself, however, she realized that fitting exercise into the routine, as a parent, was a whole new ball game. Out of this challenge, her business, Right Foot Forward, which offers Stroller Boot Camp classes for parents in Dartmouth, Bedford and Tantallon, was born two years ago.
“I created an efficient way for busy moms and dads to be able to workout while their baby is with them,” she explains, “I modify all the exercises for all fitness levels and consider any complications that may have arose during pregnancy or delivery.”
Ogden says it’s important to make the time for physical exercise post-baby and she provides a full workout for parents while the babies snooze in the strollers or take in the show nearby. The class is set up to create a supportive environment for parents and Ogden says she closely watches the participants to make sure they are doing the exercises properly so as to minimize the risk of injury. The class combines cardio and resistance training using various pieces of equipment, including the stroller, to provide a complete workout.
Spring weather is – hopefully! - just around the corner and that means many children across Halifax will soon be learning how to ride a bike for the first time. Training wheels have long been a popular choice when introducing children to cycling, but balance bikes have recently come into favour with some local parents who believe they’re not only safer for children, but that they can help children to become better cyclists at a younger age.