Struggling with your baby weight? Want to keep fit and shed those extra pounds, but you’re short on time? If so, switch to a jogging stroller. This way, you can exercise and take care of your baby at the same time.
Running with a jogging stroller will boost your mood and physical well-being while helping you slim down. On top of that, you’ll spend more time with your child and enjoy the outdoors. If you’re new to running, keep these tips in mind:
Warm Up Properly
Take the time to warm up before you start running. Stretch your muscles, do a few squats, and jog on spot. This helps prevent injuries and prepares your body for exercise.
Choose the Perfect Jogging Route
Stick to non-busy roads, sidewalks, bike paths, and paved recreation paths. Choose the flattest terrain possible and avoid hills. This isn’t the best time to push yourself and set challenges.
Focus on building up your strength and endurance. Don’t expect to run at a fast pace. Pushing the stroller burns a ton of calories, so don’t worry about the slower pace. If you’re a newbie, increase running time and distance gradually. As you progress, try pushing the stroller with one hand.
Use Good Running Form
Maintain good posture and watch your running form. Refrain from shifting your body weight into the stroller handlebar. Make sure your feet are pointing straight ahead, not turned out duck-style. Keep your elbows slightly bent and close to your body. Do not extend your arms when running downhill. Roll your shoulders down and back, squeeze your core muscles, and look forward, not down.
Protect Your Child
Before you start running, make sure your child is safe in the stroller. Strap him in with the full harness and keep your runs short when it’s too hot or too cold outside. Use the stroller compartments to pack things you might need during training, such as water, snacks, and diapers for your baby.
Mix It Up
Alternate long and short runs, power walks, and bodyweight exercises. Run for five to 10 minutes, take two minutes off, do a few push-ups, and then walk at a fast pace. Use a fitness app to track the number of steps, heart rate, and the calories burned.