Baby on board

Here’s our guide to buying a baby jogger and advice on the best way to run with it.



Running with a baby jogger is the ultimate in multitasking. It allows you to combine your passion for running with childcare, and to shift that pregnancy weight while giving your kids an outdoor adventure. But if you want your child to be comfortable and your running style uncompromised, you need the right stroller for the job. We’ve done the research for you. Here’s what you need to ask yourself when you’re making your choice.

Ease of use: Does the design allow you to run upright, unhindered and with a full stride? Is it easy to push and steer one-handed while you’re running at speed? Don’t be seduced by products with words such as ‘sport’ or ‘swift’ in the name, and don’t assume all three-wheelers are suitable for running – most aren’t built for the job.

Safety: Is there a handlebar brake and wrist strap? Is the child’s harness fully adjustable and secure? Does the buggy frame feel strong and stable? You’ll want large wheels (preferably 16 inches or larger), pneumatic tyres and a fixed front wheel to cope with uneven ground.

Practicality: Is it easy to assemble, fold, lift, move and store? It shouldn’t be a two-person job. Look for a brake on the handlebar so you can go slow downhill, and a wrist strap in case you lose your grip or take a tumble. If a buggy doesn’t have these features, that’s fine – just stick to running on flat ground and limit your speed. Check the structural integrity of the buggy – give it a shake and guard against loose joints or flimsy fixtures. Will you want to load the buggy into your car or do you have limited storage at home? If so, look for a model with a compact fold and quick-release wheels. Buggies are heavy, particularly when you add the weight of a child, so go for the lightest you can find.

Versatility: Can the jogger also be used for different activities, or as your everyday buggy? In general, the more a buggy has been engineered for running, the less versatile it will be as an everyday pushchair. So, if you just want to do a spot of weekend jogging, look for a model you can use every day, too. But serious runners will want a specific stroller that only comes out when their running shoes do.

Comfort: Will your child be comfortable, have a good view and enjoy the ride? Are the seats and straps adequately padded? Can he or she be protected from the sun, wind and rain? To make the ride comfortable, check for rear-wheel suspension, a well-padded seat and a fully adjustable five-point harness. Even if a buggy can recline fully, it’s not recommended you run with babies younger than three months old. Your passengers should at least be able to support their own head.

Extras: Check for extras such as storage, drinks holders, rain and sun covers, and foot muffs. If you need them and they’re not included, the extra costs can mount up.  

The Benefits of running with a baby jogger

Does pushing my child in a baby jogger offer added training benefits?

“Absolutely, because it’s more challenging, especially if you’re running uphill,” says coach Lynn Bode (workoutsforyou.com). Studies show that you can burn up to 20 per cent more calories (depending on the weight of your baby) while pushing a jogger. You’ll work your cardiovascular system harder, and pushing the buggy will strengthen several muscle groups. Just be sure to wrap the tether firmly around your wrist so you don’t have to sprint after a runaway pram on a steep downhill.

Is there a correct technique i should adopt when running with a jogger?

Keep good form behind the wheels. When you are running with a baby jogger, be aware that pushing it requires additional abdominal strength to stabilise your midsection while you are pushing with your upper body. There is also increased gluteal and hamstring activity needed to push the weight of the pram. And the altered running mechanics required to push a jogger (shorter stride, pushing with one or both hands), have the potential to stress the sacroiliac joint (which connects the spine to the pelvis), especially in women who experienced sacroiliac joint pain during pregnancy. We suggest you add as much space as possible between you and the baby jogger in order to maintain a ‘regular’ running stride. 


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