Stay fit while running with your baby
Running with a baby jogger
Running with your baby is not as difficult as it might seem. Parenthood shouldn't bring to an end your running training, so put a baby jogger to good use and get out running with your baby.
Whether you’re a regular runner who wants to maintain your fitness or a running beginner keen to get out and get fit through running, baby joggers open up a whole new option, allowing you to exercise without worrying about the children — because you take them along with you.
Baby joggers are a type of buggy with a lightweight frame and three large wheels that allow you to move at a fast pace, even over uneven ground. Using the jogger for the first time, you’ll probably find that, although light and easy to push, you’ll cover less distance and speed. Stick with it though, because they take a little getting used to!
There are various makes and models of joggers around but the most popular is the Baby Jogger. They make models for one child or two, with a carrying weight of forty pounds (18.14kg) for the single models and about eighty pounds (36.29kg) for the two-child version. Most have textured wheels to give you more traction on rough terrain such as dirt, grass, sand and gravel; but if you intend running just on pavement then you may want to opt for smooth wheels instead.
Prices range from £200 to £400 and usually include some accessories such as a hood and PVC rain cover. Other accessories are available such as fleece liners, baskets and carry bags. This may seem a lot to pay out, so it's really worth seeing if you can try one before you buy. Alternatively, try looking for a second hand one, after all they are not going to be much use to someone once their kids no longer wish to accompany them.
There are no safety standards in place for baby joggers, but it is recommended that you do not run with your baby until they are at least six to eight weeks old. It’s quite difficult to tip the jogger over but it’s worth getting your child to wear a bike helmet to be on the safe side — some manufacturers now supply helmets for children from age one and upwards.
Many people have found a new way of life with baby joggers, whereas previously they may have ended up having to ditch their running habit until their children were of an age where they could send them off to school or elsewhere. Enjoy a new lease of life once your child is born by investing in a baby jogger — you won't regret the freedom it helps you regain.