By running with a stroller, you’ll be spending time with your child and exercising at the same time.
It’s a great way to combine essential activities in a fun way as well as an excellent cardio workout.
Pushing a jogging stroller can help burn fat, but it is also a great way to build strength –something that most adults overlook in their workouts. Check out strollers guides from All Mom Needs site.
In this article, I’ll present you with some ideas for integrating the stroller into your strength workout.
1. Park bench push-ups
This one doesn’t require the stroller itself.
If you’re going to stop by a bench for a break while you’re strolling around, use it to do some push-ups to get your upper body active.
This engages your chest, triceps, and shoulders.
You can even use a tree to imitate wall push-ups.
Either do 15 to 20 reps or hold your arms straight for 30 seconds to a minute.
Get in a semi-squatting position and keep rolling your stroller out and bringing it back into the midline of your body.
Make sure you keep a strong position with your heels fixed on the ground.
Do that for 15 to 20 reps, and it’ll work your back muscles “lats” and your abs.
3. Bicep Curls
Place your hands on the handles of the stroller, lift it, and curl it to your chest.
By gently pulling it up towards your chest and setting it back down for 15 to 20 reps, you’ll engage various muscles of your upper body with the weight of the stroller.
4. Triceps Push Downs
To activate your triceps (muscles found at the back of your upper arms), you should push down on the handle of the stroller as though it’s doing a wheelie.
Repeating this move for 15 to 20 reps is an excellent way to get the blood flowing through your triceps and strengthening them.
However, avoid jerking the motion to prevent injuries.
Let’s focus a little on the lower body.
Grab onto the handles of your jogging stroller and bring yourself down, as though you’re sitting in a seat. Repeat the motion 15 to 20 times.
Keep your knees aligned and make sure they never go past your toes.
6. Jogging Stroller Lunges
Balance yourself by hanging on to the handle and extend one leg back. Think of a fencer’s position.
Do that for 15 to 20 reps and then switch to the other leg.
7. Outer Hip Raises
Hold onto the handle for balance and raise one leg behind you as high as you can. Do that for 15 to 20 reps.
If you want to engage your abductor and adductor muscles, combine that with an inner thigh sweep.
Using the same leg, sweep your leg out to the side for 15 to 20 reps more.
Start at the midline and then swing your leg back across the midline of your body.
Then repeat the whole process using the other leg.
8. Butt kicks
To work your glutes out, kick your leg back and squeeze them for 15 to 20 reps.
Keep your hands on the handlebar for balance.
Then, repeat the reps on the other leg.
9. Stroller “plank”
Now, let’s work on the abs.
Step back from the stroller with your hands on its handles and lean forward as much as you can.
Hold that position for 30 seconds to a minute.
This modified plank helps you engage your abs muscles.
To make sure you’re doing it correctly, check if the stroller doesn’t lift.
If it does, you may need to adjust your position to a proper one.
Of course, before you set out on these vigorous adventures with your baby, make sure they’re old enough to sit securely in the stroller’s seat.
Usually, jogging strollers shouldn’t be used with children less than six months old.
It’s also wise if you schedule your runs or jogs so that you do them before nap time. The motion may help put your child to sleep faster.
And although running with a stroller may slow your pace down a little, understand that it could be very beneficial for building muscle strength.