Jogging With A Stroller

Jogging Benefits

Jogging Health Information 2012

Jogging With A Stroller

Jogging is an excellent exercise and is an easy, inexpensive way to incorporate some physical activity in your life. Physical activity is a must for a healthy, happy life. All sorts of people are jogging including parents with small children. It is now not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a person jogging with a stroller.

Jogging with a stroller is becoming increasingly popular. One of the reasons for this is the fact that there are strollers on the market that were invented specifically to be used as jogging strollers.

Jogging with a stroller that wasn’t built for jogging would be a bit limiting as you would have to jog on a smooth, even surface and they would probably start having problems very quickly since that is not what they were designed for. Also, regular strollers probably do not have enough padding to ensure that the baby is safe and secure. Jogging strollers have 3 larger wheels and typically come with shock absorbers and several other safety features.

When jogging with a stroller, it is very important to think about the safety of the child. Generally speaking, your baby should be at least 6 months old before you take them out for a jog. This is because younger babies do not yet have head and neck stability and they may get injured during your jog. However, the newer jogging strollers do come with an adaptor similar to the one found on a car seat which ensures the baby’s head does not bounce around too much. If your jogging stroller has this design you can take a younger baby jogging. However, before you start jogging with a stroller, you should seek the all clear from your baby’s pediatrician first.

You should make sure you strap in your baby securely in the stroller before setting out. Most of the jogging strollers come with a five point harness which makes sure that your baby does not fall out, especially if you are jogging very fast, or get taken out if you are jogging slowly.

You should also ensure you baby is protected from the elements when jogging with a stroller. The baby should be kept warm in cold weather and not over dressed in warm. Other factors to consider about your jogging stroller are its stability, the height of the handle for comfort (most strollers will come with an adjustable handle), size, hand brake, sun canopy, suspension, weight limit, seat construction and of course cost.

The safety of the jogger should also be taken in consideration when jogging with a stroller. Even though the stroller does provide some resistance which may be beneficial for your fitness goals, it can be an obstruction which can increase your chances of falling. You should therefore learn how to operate the stroller before starting to jog with it. It is also a good idea to start slowly for both you and your baby to get accustomed to jogging with a stroller.