When I get to the mall early to open the Customer Service desk I'm liable to see one of the informal stroller exercise groups that show up when the weather is too hot or too cold to be outside. Sometimes the groups only have three or four women pushing large strollers holding babies or toddlers. Other times there might be six or seven.
After I get the desk ready for the day I have a few minutes to walk around before the mall opens. It's always interesting to see what the "mommy platoons" are up to. Occasionally I hear them before I see them. Other times they'll startle me when they come up behind me and power walk past; sometimes single file, sometimes two or three abreast. In between walks they stop in the mall alcoves to exercise. I've seen them doing squats, lunges, or pushups leaning against a rail. Sometimes they spread mats out on the floor for crunches, or use a resistance band. There's always a woman who's in charge and calls out the exercise moves.
I never asked, but I assumed the groups weren't official. Today after the mall opened a woman came to the desk to complain that she'd seen a cluster of women jumping on and off the upholstered benches in one of the
seating areas. She said since she was a regular mall walker she wanted
the building to look nice, and it wouldn't if the seats weren't used properly.
I passed the information on to the mall office. Turns out this isn't the first time they've had issues with the exercise groups. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Five years ago today: Bloomin' Amazing!