Jogging with your baby is a great way to workout. It lets you get in some exercise while your little one enjoys the fresh air, and can keep even the most hyper babies happy. My can’t-sit-still, won’t-stop-for-a-minute baby is only still in the stroller, so taking him for a brisk walk or jog is my only break. When done right, it can be a great workout.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your jog.
- The Stroller Matters
You need to have a jogging stroller, and you need one that works well. That doesn’t mean you need to spend $500. I bought one of the lower-end strollers and love it. Look for a stroller with a good handle height, great online reviews, and a front wheel that easily locks.
- Map Your Route
There are 101 different apps that allow you to map your distance traveled, so pick one and download it to your phone. Set a reasonable distance goal every time you set out on your journey, and try to increase that goal every week or two.
- Track Your Heart Rate
Heart Rate trackers are invaluable tools. You can choose from any number of heart rate watches or fitness trackers. As you jog, pay attention to your heart rate. Once you’ve warmed up, try to maintain a steady heart rate. You don’t want your heart rate to be too high (170 or higher is very intense), but you want it to be high enough that you’re burning calories. This number depends on your own fitness level, weight, and age. I like to shoot for a heart rate of 145. After you’ve been jogging for a few weeks, you should notice that it you need to run longer or harder to get your heart rate up.
- Stretch Before And After
Stretching is a very important part of any exercise routine. You don’t need to do anything fancy. Just do some simple leg stretches to prepare your body before you exercise and help your body recover after you workout.
- Listen To Music
Listening to music can really help you keep up the pace while you run. And, your baby might enjoy it too. Put on an upbeat song and go…you and your baby can jam out together!
Next time your little one gets fussy or you feel like you haven’t worked out in ages, stick him in the stroller and set out for a jog. You won’t regret it.