A jogging stroller can be a great way for mums and dads to squeeze in a workout without paying for babysitting time. It takes some getting used to though — and that's why we love these tips from Runner's World about improving the experience.
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Your kid's safety comes first, of course. Always make sure he or she is buckled in, and follow the stroller's age guidelines: Usually your kid has to be able to sit up by himself (about six months old) before he can handle the jostling of a jogging stroller. Besides that, try the following:
- Don't compare your pace with a jogging stroller to your pace without, because you'll always be slower with the stroller. As you train, try to improve your "jogging stroller pace".
- Wear less clothing than the weather calls for, because you'll warm up while you're running. For the little one, though, the opposite applies: dress her warmer than you otherwise would, because she has the windiest seat in the house. (Forget blankets, since they can get caught in the wheels.)
- Leave your headphones behind without giving up music: Put your phone in the stroller (in a cup holder, if you've got one) playing the music out loud. This way you can hear both the tunes and your baby's complaints.
Check out the rest of the list at Runner's World for more tips on planning your stroller runs and keeping your tiny training buddy happy.
Tips for Running with a Jogging Stroller [Runner's World]