A lot of people hate jogging on their own. They make it down the block before they’re bored, tired, or just annoyed. But jogging with a baby is different. There are a lot of things about it that actually make it better than jogging on your own. So before you decide to throw your cross trainers in the trash, strap your little one into a jogging stroller and give it a try. Here are 4 reasons you may enjoy it:
- You get a better workout
Jogging Strollers Aren’t lightweight. Sure, some are lighter than others. But most have a little weight to them to make them sturdy enough for jogging. Combine that with the weight of your baby and the ridiculously large amount of baby supplies you need to bring for a 20 minute jog, and you have one heavy load to push.
How is that good news? Because it gives you a better workout. In a shorter amount of time, you burn more calories.
- Your mind stays occupied
May people hate running because it’s boring. But running with a baby is the opposite. You have to sing songs, play games, and dole out snacks (for the babies on solid food) while you exercise. This makes the time fly by. And if you’re lucky enough to have a child who sleeps in the stroller, you’re still kept busy looking out for oncoming cars, pedestrians, and cyclists. You’re on high alert, either way.
- Your baby is your very own cheerleader
A mother would do anything for her child…including running fast. And when you have a little one who loves speed, you might just be able to go a little faster than you thought you could. It’s like having your own little cheerleader in front of you, telling you “Don’t slow down or I might cry.” It’s a better motivator than you might think.
- You have a big audience
I always improve my performance when I have an audience- even if it’s subconscious. When you jog with a baby, there’s always an audience. People usually look at you one of two ways. It’s either with a gleam of admiration in their eye, or with a look that says, “Your huge stroller is taking up too much of my path.” Either way, getting that extra bit of attention is enough to keep you motivated to keep running. You don’t want to disappoint your audience!