Running with the kiddos in a stroller…sound like a big hassle and production?! Not at all, with a little planning and the right stroller, it can be simple. It keeps you active and gets you out of the house at a time in your life when things may be hectic and you feel like exercise time for yourself can be hard to find. Running with a stroller is a tougher workout, the weight of the stroller and your child in it will make for a slower pace but that extra weight you are pushing amps up your total calorie burn. Many runners find they are anywhere from 20 to 60 seconds per mile slower when jogging with a stroller, especially a double stroller.
Be armed with snacks, juice, water, and a couple of toys/books, stashed inside the compartments of your stroller. And as most moms know, nowadays hand-held electronics are highly entertaining to kids as well. You may want to coordinate your runs around nap time when they are more apt to be sleepy and doze off.
Not sure which stroller to buy for hitting the pavement or trails? This is a great guide to the world of running strollers.
Kids generally enjoy being outside and seeing new things. They just sit back and enjoy the ride! Not only are you getting great exercise for yourself while spending time with your little one(s), you are also setting a good example for your child on the importance on staying active and healthy!