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A Guide to Jogging Strollers

Since jogging strollers were developed in 1983, their popularity among parents has increased dramatically.

Today, jogging strollers come in a variety of shapes and sizes to match almost anyone's needs, including parents with twins or children with physical disabilities.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) emphasizes the importance of using a jogging stroller safely. Parents should remember these safety tips:

  • Use the parking brake when helping a child into and out of the stroller.

  • Use the stroller only for walking or jogging, and not with in-line skates.

  • Use a wide, gentle arc when turning.

  • Remind older children not to put their hands and feet near the wheels or spokes.

Be mindful of your child's comfort, too. Your temperature will rise during exercise, but your child's temperature will stay the same or may even fall when facing into the wind. Dress your child appropriately and attach a light blanket or towel to the canopy to protect your child, especially on cold days.

It's a good idea to wear bright clothing and dress your child in bright clothing so you can easily be seen by motorists.

Many good strollers are available. You should select a well-constructed, lightweight stroller for better stability and control, the ACSM says. Choose a stroller with sealed bearings, which roll smoother, make turning easier, and keep water and salt away from the bearings, preventing corrosion and extending the life of the stroller.

All jogging strollers should be equipped with standard safety features, such as a deep seat with a seat belt, a locking brake and a safety wrist strap. It's important to use the wrist strap to stay connected to the stroller. A tall whip “antenna” with a brightly colored flag attached to the stroller can alert motorist to the presence before they actually notice the jogger and stroller, especially if the area is hilly. Parents shouldn’t jog at night with a stroller.