If you’ve got your own baby weight to lose and are tempted by the sight of parents out jogging with their strollers, then read on. This form of jogging is indeed great for getting back into shape after childbirth, but there are quite a few things you need to keep in mind before setting off. The following tips are based on some things I’ve learned along the way. Hopefully you will find them useful.
You can’t run with a standard stroller
For the safety of both you and your baby, you need a proper jogging stroller. Jogging strollers are specifically designed to minimise discomfort for your baby and are equipped with features such as wrist straps, to ensure you never lose control of the stroller. For heavy jogging, you’ll need one with a fixed front wheel, as that makes the stroller less likely to randomly change direction whenever you hit a bump while running.
Safety is everything
Choose a stroller that offers maximum safety features. Always check that your baby is strapped in securely both before and during the jog. If your stroller comes with wrist straps to secure your hands to the handles, use those as well. It also helps to ensure the wheels are locked whenever you need to let go of the handles for any reason.
Unlike standard jogging, stroller jogging does not lend itself to the bumps experienced while jogging on uneven sidewalks. Stay on the road or on paths. If jogging on the road, choose ones that are not busy.
Keep to level ground
You might be used to jogging uphill, but things are going to be very different with the addition of a heavy stroller and a toddler. As tempting as it might be to push yourself, it’s better to keep things manageable.
Don’t judge your pace
You’re not going to achieve your usual running times while pushing a stroller. Forget about your past achievements and concentrate on improving your stroller jogging times. You’re using different muscles, running at a different angle and pushing more weight, after all!
Make sure your baby’s needs are met
Double check before you leave the house to make sure you have everything you need to keep your baby happy while jogging. You don’t want to have to run back home because you forgot something. Make sure your baby has a full tummy before you start jogging, as that will likely keep him or her happy throughout the experience. Carry diapers with you, but only take as many as you need, using a mini diaper bag. You have enough weight to lug around already.
Make the experience a treat for your baby
Combining a jog with a stint in the park where your toddler can play or your baby can look around at fun things will make this an enjoyable experience for both of you.
Remember that your baby is not jogging with you, so make sure you dress him or her for the cold weather. Avoid using blankets which might fall off along the way.