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Meet Denise! April Mom of the Month!

Name: Denise Schneider

Child(ren) name and age: Mom to Frankie (23 months) and stepmom to Nick (17) and Emma (9-1/2)

Where are you from? I grew up in South Holland, IL (south-suburban Chicago) and lived in Washington, D.C. for almost eight years before moving back to the area for my dream job, Communications Director at Goodman Theatre

What is your favorite thing/memory about FIT4MOM? I loved my early days with Stroller Strides, and how much my then-infant enjoyed being outdoors and seeing the other mamas and babies. Like many others, that was my “gateway drug” to Fit4Mom, and I have loved experiencing the other classes and programs.

Favorite Class? Strides 360

Favorite Mom-me time of the day? Sitting in the backyard and enjoying the sunset, ideally over a neat pour of decent bourbon.

What motivates you to exercise? Being an older mom, the extra energy I get from working out has become a must-have.

How has FIT4MOM changed your life? The awareness of the importance of physical fitness has been the greatest gift from Fit4Mom. It’s made me a stronger woman—physically and mentally.

Do you have a piece of advice for busy moms? Try to give yourself a little (or a lot of) grace. You’re not alone in your quest for the perfect life—but remember that nobody and nothing on this earth is perfect. There is always another day, another chance to put a balanced meal on the table.