Tips: Getting Fit with a Stroller
By Sara Butler
For millions of new moms out there, getting fit after having a baby is something that weighs heavily on their minds. It's a great idea to exercise no matter what stage of life you're at, but with a small child, it can be challenging to find the time. Luckily, there are ways to get a great workout that include baby -- such as walking with your baby in a stroller. Here are a few tips to help you get back on the road to fitness with your baby in tow.
Choose the Right Stroller
First and foremost, a baby has to be a certain age before it can be placed in a stroller, so check the specifications of any stroller you buy to make sure your baby fits the minimum requirements. Next, if you think you're going to be going the distance with a stroller, then it might be a good idea to invest in a stroller specially designed for exercise. These strollers have features that make exercise a bit easier such as handle height adjustments and better tires.
A few other things to keep in mind when looking for a good fitness stroller include:
- Get a stroller that has a cover to protect your baby from the sun but also allows enough air to vent through for breathability
- Check for brakes that are easy to lock or a hand brake if you intend to use it for jogging
- Choose a model that won't be difficult to maneuver on bumpy paths since being able to turn easily will be important for everyone's safety
- Look for a stroller with a deep seat but that also has several options for reclining
Think About Your Posture
Now that you know what kind of stroller you need, you must learn how to handle your body as you exercise. Pushing strollers can lead to posture mistakes such as a shortened stride or leaning too far forward. Focus on your posture as you push forward and keep your shoulder back, your head up, and keep one arm loose and swinging at your side if possible.
Make Safety a Priority
It's important to take some extra safety precautions with your precious cargo. Try to avoid busy streets that experience high traffic and stick around places you are familiar with. You should also always make it a habit to turn on the brakes when you're standing still or your hands are off the stroller. Always make sure to let someone else know where you're going and keep your phone on you at all times.
Exercise is important at every stage of life, so do what you can to work movement into your day -- even if you have to bring your children along for the ride.
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