Relaxing at our local beach I have noticed an increase in the number of parents, mostly mothers in this case, that have invested in jogging strollers for their children. As I watch them it seems like a wonderful activity for both adults and kids alike. The little ones get to chill out in a shaded stroller with large wheels that seem to provide a really comfortable ride on the boardwalk, while the parents get to enjoy the sunny outdoors, exercising, and not spending money for a baby sitter. It is truly a great family endeavour.
So while it may seem like working out may not be all that relaxing, jogging can provide numerous health benefits that may help us ease our mind a bit as we get older. Jogging strollers are a great piece of equipment for any new parent that likes to get outdoors and run, while protecting their children at the same time. Below are just a couple examples of some of the top baby strollers for runners currently on the market.
Jeep Adventure Jogging Stroller
These feature the popular Jeep name, but they are high quality strollers made by Kolcraft. These are as rugged and their automotive counterparts and this Jeep jogging stroller features rugged tires that fill with air, adjustable handle bar, plenty of storage and bottle and cup holders, and an Ibaby sound system. The last feature lets you hook up a portable mp3 player to the stroller and it lets both the runner and the passenger enjoy some music during the journey. This is a great stroller for serious runners and it worth considering for anyone in the market for a high end piece of equipment.
BOB Revolution SE
This is perhaps the best selling baby stroller for joggers currently being sold. Owner ratings for this model are quite high and it is both versatile and convient to use. It has all the features one could want built into a lightweight frame for easy storage and transport. Highly recommended.
Tips for Running at the Beach
Don’t let hot summer weather interfere with your running routine. Even though the thermometer is climbing, you don’t have to give up your runs. But you do need to take some precautions to keep yourself safe when running outdoors in hot weather.
Don’t go running during the heat of the day. Run at cooler times. First thing in the morning is ideal. The day will only get hotter from there. Get yourself out of bed earlier so you can get your run out of the way. You can also wait until late evening when the temperature starts to drop again. Avoid midday runs when the temperature reaches its peak and the sun is intense.
The clothing you choose is another factor in staying healthy when running in the heat. Choose lightweight, light-colored fabric that is loose fitting to help your body stay cool. Synthetic fabrics are better at drawing the sweat away from your body. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen when you get dressed for your run. A pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes, and a hat protects your head from the sun.
Water is key to staying healthy and feeling good on a summer run. But don’t wait until you start your run to hydrate. Drink water throughout the day so your body is hydrated anyway. Bring along a bottle of water on the run unless your route gives you access to water fountains. You can also use the water to cool your body by squirting some of it on your head while running.
When the heat is intense, you may need to scale back your run. Don’t push yourself too hard, or you might overdo it. If the heat and humidity feel overwhelming, ease up your pace a little. It’s better to have an easier run than to overdo it and end up in the hospital with a heat-related illness.
Watch for signs that your body isn’t handling the heat well. Dizziness, nausea, chills, confusion, no longer sweating and other unusual sensations could be a sign of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you notice yourself feeling different than normal, find a cool place and hydrate. Seek medical attention.
Running can be extremely beneficial, but the key is to not over do it. The kids will have more fun if Mom and Dad do not need emergency help. Have fun, stay fit, and let the entire family enjoy what a jogging stroller can provide.