Fitness Friday: Tips for Stroller Jogging
It’s Fitness Friday! I’m going to be in the market soon for a jogging stroller and want to make the most use of it. Melinda and Elizabeth of Baby Boot Camp Los Angeles (Culver City and Marina Del Rey) offer some advice:
Q. Do you have any tips or tricks for stroller jogging?
As far as stroller jogging goes, you want to ask yourself what are you going to be using the stroller for? Jogging, walking, running long distances, or do you want a stroller that can do it all? While a swivel wheel can be great for walking and using around town, when you are running a swivel wheel can create a tipping hazard. If you are a hard core runner we suggest a jogging stroller with a non-swivel wheel, aka fixed wheel. Most jogging strollers these days have the option to have the wheel fixed and the ability to have it swivel for around town usage.
You want to be sure that the inflatable tires on the stroller are at least 16 inches and that is has a lightweight aluminum frame. It is important to have a hand break for the front tires, but more importantly to have a foot brake for the rear tires. Look for a 5 point harness and be sure to use the leash while jogging.
Okay, so now that you have picked your stroller and you are ready to take your little one on a jog, be sure to follow these tips, called WASH, for proper stroller posture:
- Wrists in a neutral position; not hyper-extended or flexed
- Abdominals engaged, without holding breath
- Shoulders back and down
- Hips towards handlebars—especially when pushing uphill
Pushing a stroller during your workout burns approximately 20 percent more calories, so get out there and run with your baby!!