Stroller Jogging: Losing the Baby Weight

After having a child many women want to lose their baby weight so they look for activities that they can do to shed some pounds but still spend time with their little bundles of joy. Jogging strollers are a great option that allows just this.

Whether you are new to stroller jogging or if you have been doing this for years there are a few things that you need to keep in mind in order to keep your body out of harm's way. First, it is important to remember that even if you are an experienced runner, starting to exercise with a jogging stroller is an entirely different experience. You are no longer pumping your arms to help propel you forward. This means more power must be derived from your legs and feet, thus putting more pressure on them as well.

Secondly, your posture is going to change because when you are pushing the stroller your back hunches slightly. If you are not used to this position, then expect to be sore the first couple of times you start stroller jogging.

Third, expect different muscles and areas of your body to ache more than they normally would in your pre-baby running days. When running with a stroller you are positioning your body differently and adding an extra pushing motion which will cause different muscles to be worked. Also, if you have put on some extra weight then you must keep in mind that you are putting more weight onto your feet which may cause them to hurt more then usual. I would recommend buying a new pair of running shoes when you first start out. Using old running shoes from before baby, when you were running ten to twenty pounds lighter than now, causes the pressure points to shift causing your feet to blister.

Getting back into shape is an important step for any mother to take after she has a child. The better shape you are in, the easier you will find being able to keep up with your children. Just remember to start out slow when you first begin to exercise again. Take in to consideration all the things your body has been through recently and don't get frustrated if you get tired quickly, this is to be expected for the first couple of weeks when beginning a workout routine.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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