Four-wheel, all-purpose strollers work well for running errands around but they’re not great running (or jogging or power walking) companions. Strollers that aren’t designed for exercise don’t handle the road well when you pick up your pace. Brisk walking creates too much friction on the stroller’s wheels. And running or jogging with a regular stroller can be downright dangerous because your baby’s “vehicle wasn’t designed for speedy maneuvers, quick turns, or a fast pace.
There are dozens of jogging, all-terrain, and off-road strollers on the market. Here are important factors to consider when buying and using a stroller for fitness.
The latest trend in strollers is the front swivel wheel. These all-terrain strollers were created specifically for urban shoppers and power-walkers, not runners. Many companies adapt the popular three-wheel style and market it as a “sport “fitness,” or “all-terrain” stroller. However, these “look-alike strollers are not true jogging strollers because the twelve-inch (so.5cm) wheels are too small for a smooth push and ride at a jogging/running pace.
You can lock most swivel wheels in place, which is a good idea if you are jogging or do if you intend to jog or serious running with your stroller, opt for a true jogging stroller with three sixteen-inch or twenty-inch (lo.5cm or 51cm) fixed wheels.
What Is a True “Jogging” Stroller?
True “jogging” strollers come with specific structural components. These include:
- Three non swivel wheels
- Inflatable tires at least sixteen inches (to 5cm) in diameter (twenty-inch 51cm
- Wheels are recommended for more serious running
- Lightweight aluminum frame
- A hand brake for the front wheel, which helps you slow the pace
- A foot brake for the rear wheels to “park” the stroller
- An adjustable sun shade
- A five-point safety harness so your baby is securely strapped in a safety leash
Other desirable features to look for in a jogging
- An adjustable-height handlebar: This is useful plan to share the stroller with your partner. An adjustable handlebar helps ensure correct stroller posture. It also prevents wrist pain and discomfort for people with carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Reclining seat. If your child is less than six months old or has weak neck muscles, a reclining seat helps prevent the baby’s head from rolling forward. It’s also a nice feature for kiddos who fall asleep in the stroller.
- Under-the-seat storage bin. It’s not essential, but it sure is handy for stashing workout gear and baby accouterments.
- Safety features. Reflective fabric and/or an attachable blinking light on the stroller increase safety when you head out in the dark. Safety bells are handy when you’re trying to pass someone with her headphones on.
- Comfort features-such as water bottle holders, key clips, and cell phone pouches are nice perks.
Determining Which Stroller to Buy
In the store, push every jogging stroller that meets your criteria. Once you narrow the field, test-drive the top contenders with your baby on board. Try out the stroller’s brakes and folding mechanism for ease of use, and don’t forget to check the stroller’s dimensions to make sure it will fit in your vehicle.